3-layer RT-PCR testing, vaccination mandatory: Dubai new rules for Indian travellers

3-layer RT-PCR testing, vaccination mandatory: Dubai new rules for Indian travellers

The UAE government has put in place a slew of measures, including three-layer RT-PCR testing, to keep the new Delta variant from permeating the Gulf country by way of incoming travellers.

Starting June 23, inbound passengers from South Africa, Nigeria, and India will be subject to these updated travel protocols announced by the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai.

First identified in India, the Delta variant of Covid-19 has now been detected in many other GCC countries. As a result, the UAE government is taking a cautious approach by adopting three layers of PCR testing before and at the time of landing in Dubai to winnow out the mutated strain of the virus.

Taking to Dr Sunil Vyas, Pulmonology (Specialist), Aster Hospital, Dubai said, “We are fully prepared and taking every precaution required to ensure that Delta variants should not get a chance to enter Dubai with incoming passengers. Multi-layer testing and vaccination will definitely help us to stop the outbreak of coronavirus in Dubai again.”

  • Entry will be permitted to residents who have received two doses of UAE-approved vaccines.
  • All travellers are also required to present a negative Covid-19 test result taken within 48 hours before departure; UAE citizens are exempted.
  • Only QR coded PCR test result certificates are accepted.
  • All passengers must take a rapid PCR test 4 hours prior to the flight departure.
  • All passengers must undergo a PCR test on arrival at Dubai Airport.
  • Passengers should undergo institutional quarantine until they receive their PCR test result, which is expected within 24 hours. UAE citizens and diplomats are exempted.

The updated travel protocols are part of a regular process of revising and optimizing precautionary measures based on the latest local, regional, and international developments, said the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management.

Anticipating an increase in the number of flights, the Dubai International Airport will be reopening Terminal 1 on Thursday, after a 15-month closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The UAE’s flagship carrier Emirates Airlines has confirmed it will begin accepting Dubai-bound passengers from India, in accordance with the new travel protocols.

Regarding travel from India, only passengers with a valid residence visa who have received two doses of a UAE-approved vaccine (Pfizer-BionNTech, Oxford-AstraZeneca or Covishield, Sinopharm and Sputnik), are allowed to travel to Dubai. They should also present a negative test certificate from a PCR test taken 48 hours before departure. Transit passengers should comply with entry protocols of final destinations.