Check out Updated Dubai Travel Requirements for 2022

COVID Dubai Travel Requirements for Foreigners for 2022: This is the updated advisory for traveling passengers arriving in Dubai. This is sourced from both Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific COVID travel advisories.

As you plan your business or pleasure trip to Dubai, there are a few things you’ll need to take into consideration. In this article, we will outline the Dubai travel requirements for foreigners and provide information on the COVID restrictions that are currently in place. Here is a checklist of what you’ll need to do in order to make your trip go as smoothly as possible.

These travel requirements are for travel to Dubai only. Looking for information when arriving in the Philippines from abroad? Check out the COVID Travel Requirements for foreigners or returning overseas Filipinos arriving from abroad. Or click here for General Travel Requirements for Destinations Within the Philippines.

Covid Dubai Travel Requirements

Dubai Travel Requirements per Philippine Airlines Advisory

Allowed Travelers

  • All UAE residents, visitors and tourists can travel to Dubai without an approval from GDRFA or ICP
  • Visitors and tourists have to meet the visa requirements before travel, if they are not eligible for visa on arrival.
  • Transit passengers are allowed and are not required to present a COVID 19‑PCR test certificate unless it is mandated by their final destination.

Dubai Travel Requirements: Medical Documents

Passengers traveling to Dubai from all countries (GCC included) must fulfill one of the below requirements

  • Valid/ recognized Vaccination Certificate that reflects the completion of doses of vaccine approved by the WHO or the United Arab Emirates (UAE), provided with QR code System; or 
  • Printed Copy of Negative COVID-19 Test (RT-PCR) Result from DOH-accredited laboratories, with validity no more than forty-eight (48) hours before departure 
    • Negative COVID-19 Test result are not applicable to the following travelers:
      • UAE Nationals
      • Inbound passengers escorting a 1st degree UAE nationals’ relative, given that they are traveling together
      • Domestic workers escorting a UAE national sponsor during travel, given that they are traveling together 
      • Transit Passengers (unless mandated by their final destination)  
    • It is mandatory that the negative test report includes a QR code, which is linked to the original report for verification purposes by the airlines. 
    • RT-PCR test results must be in English or Arabic languages only.
    • Children under twelve (12) and passengers with moderate to severe disabilities are exempt from PCR.
  • Or; Valid Medical Certificate issued by the relevant authorities that the passenger has recovered from Coronavirus SARS Cov-19 within a period of one (1) month (the date of recovery and the date of arrival) provided with QR code System 

Dubai Travel Requirements: Medical Documents

Dubai Travel Requirements: Quarantine Requirements

If requested, passengers must undergo a PCR test on arrival in Dubai and self‑quarantine until they receive a negative result. In the event the passenger tests positive, then they should follow the guidelines issued by the relevant Health Authority in the Emirate of Dubai.

Other Information

Dubai Travel Requirements From Philippine Airlines For 2022
Dubai Travel Requirements from Philippine Airlines. Image from PAL Facebook Post.

Dubai Travel Requirements per Cebu Pacific Advisory

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Updated Dubai Travel Requirements as of March 2, 2022

As per Government regulations Dubai-bound guests must present the following, to be accepted for flight:

Dubai Travel Requirements For UAE Passport Holders:

  • Valid Passport upon arrival
  • Present any of the following:
    • valid Vaccination Certificate(s) (in Arabic or in English) that reflects the completion of doses of vaccine approved by the WHO or the United Arab Emirates (UAE), provided with QR code; or
    • valid Negative Covid-19 Test certificate (in Arabic or in English) based on a molecular diagnostic test issued within 48 hours from the time of collecting the sample and from an approved health service provider, with a QR code; or
    • valid Medical Certificate (in Arabic or in English) issued by the relevant authorities that the passenger has recovered from COVID-19 within a period of one (1) month (the date of recovery and the date of arrival) provided with a QR code System.

Dubai Travel Requirements For First Time Resident Visa Holders:

  • Passport valid for three (3) months upon arrival
  • Valid Visa
  • OEC or applicable PH Travel Tax
  • Present any of the following:
    • valid Vaccination Certificate(s) (in Arabic or in English) that reflects the completion of doses of vaccine approved by the WHO or the United Arab Emirates (UAE), provided with QR code; or
    • valid Negative Covid-19 Test certificate (in Arabic or in English) based on a molecular diagnostic test issued within 48 hours from the time of collecting the sample and from an approved health service provider, with a QR code; or
    • valid Medical Certificate (in Arabic or in English) issued by the relevant authorities that the passenger has recovered from COVID-19 within a period of one (1) month (the date of recovery and the date of arrival) provided with a QR code System.

Dubai Travel Requirements For Returning Resident Visa Holder issued by Dubai:

  • Valid Residence Visa upon arrival
  • Passport valid for three (3) months upon arrival
  • Applicable Philippine Travel Tax Certificate (PH Tax)
  • Present any of the following:
    • valid Vaccination Certificate(s) (in Arabic or in English) that reflects the completion of doses of vaccine approved by the WHO or the United Arab Emirates (UAE), provided with QR code; or
    • valid Negative Covid-19 Test certificate (in Arabic or in English) based on a molecular diagnostic test issued within 48 hours from the time of collecting the sample and from an approved health service provider, with a QR code; or
    • valid Medical Certificate (in Arabic or in English) issued by the relevant authorities that the passenger has recovered from COVID-19 within a period of one (1) month (the date of recovery and the date of arrival) provided with a QR code System.

Dubai Travel Requirements For Returning Resident Visa Holder issued by other UAE:

  • Valid Visa
  • Passport valid for three (3) months upon arrival
  • OEC or applicable PH Travel Tax
  • Present any of the following:
    • valid Vaccination Certificate(s) (in Arabic or in English) that reflects the completion of doses of vaccine approved by the WHO or the United Arab Emirates (UAE), provided with QR code; or
    • valid Negative Covid-19 Test certificate (in Arabic or in English) based on a molecular diagnostic test issued within 48 hours from the time of collecting the sample and from an approved health service provider, with a QR code; or
    • valid Medical Certificate (in Arabic or in English) issued by the relevant authorities that the passenger has recovered from COVID-19 within a period of one (1) month (the date of recovery and the date of arrival) provided with QR code System.

Dubai Travel Requirements For Tourist Visa Holders:

  • Passport valid for six (6) months upon arrival
  • Applicable Philippine Travel Tax Certificate (PH Tax)
  • Present any of the following:
    • valid Vaccination Certificate(s) (in Arabic or in English) that reflects the completion of doses of vaccine approved by the WHO or the United Arab Emirates (UAE), provided with QR code; or
    • valid Negative Covid-19 Test certificate (in Arabic or in English) based on a molecular diagnostic test issued within 48 hours from the time of collecting the sample and from an approved health service provider, with a QR code; or
    • valid Medical Certificate (in Arabic or in English) issued by the relevant authorities that the passenger has recovered from COVID-19 within a period of one (1) month (the date of recovery and the date of arrival) provided with a QR code System.

Dubai Travel Requirements For Transiting Passengers:

  • Valid documents up to the final destination
  • Onward flight with a minimum of three (3) hours transiting time, but not more than twenty-four (24) hours
  • The negative RT-PCR test result, if needed by onward destination/s
  • Marhaba Baggage Transfer Service (if with baggage)

Dubai Travel Requirements For those securing a Visa on Arrival:

  • Passport valid for six (6) months upon arrival
  • Present any of the following:
    • valid Vaccination Certificate(s) (in Arabic or in English) that reflects the completion of doses of vaccine approved by the WHO or the United Arab Emirates (UAE), provided with QR code; or
    • valid Negative Covid-19 Test certificate (in Arabic or in English) based on a molecular diagnostic test issued within 48 hours from the time of collecting the sample and from an approved health service provider, with a QR code; or
    • valid Medical Certificate (in Arabic or in English) issued by the relevant authorities that the passenger has recovered from COVID-19 within a period of one (1) month (the date of recovery and the date of arrival) provided with a QR code System.
  • Health Insurance

Guests may also undergo a PCR test upon arrival in Dubai if requested, and self-quarantine until a negative test result is released to the passenger. In the event the passenger is tested positive, then such passenger shall follow the guidelines issued by the relevant Health Authority in the Emirate of Dubai.

Note that the following are exempted from the COVID-19 test requirement:

  • Non UAE national accompanying the first degree UAE national family member
  • Domestic workers accompanying a UAE national sponsor
  • Children below 12 years old
  • Passengers with moderate to severe disabilities

Please make sure that you have valid health insurance that can be used in the United Arab Emirates, as required by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority.

Please print and fill out the Bureau of Immigration form before your flight. Click here, and have it ready upon check-in.

These are the Dubai Travel Requirements we have as of the date indicated. Requirements may change from time to time without prior notice. Please continue checking with the Dubai government for the latest updates.

COVID Dubai Travel Requirements for Arriving Local Passengers Disclaimer: Please note that there may be multiple travel requirements for each international destination. These rules are subject to change by the issuing foreign government authority and are issued for our passengers and the public’s safety. As these requirements may change at short notice, the advisories above serve as a general guide.