Emirates Airline has welcomed the latest air travel protocols that will facilitate international travel for UAE citizens, residents and tourists and open Dubai to business and leisure visitors from 7th July.

These protocols, for travel into and out of Dubai airports, were announced under the directives of the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

“Currently, Emirates connects Dubai to 40 cities, and with the latest directives, we have the opportunity to expand our network and offer additional destinations which will be communicated in the coming days. The next few weeks will be a big test for the whole aviation industry in many ways. At Emirates we see a positive trend of traffic building up across our network over the past weeks, and we are ready to serve our customers.”

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates Chairman and Chief Executive

Return of Dubai Residents

Foreign nationals holding valid Dubai-issued residency visas are allowed to return to the Emirates starting from 22nd June.

They must pre-book a flight on any airline, passengers must also obtain an approval coordinated between the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA Dubai) and the airline.

They must fill out a “Health Declaration Form” before travelling to confirm they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms.

The airline has the right to refuse boarding if passengers display any coronavirus symptoms. Upon arrival at Dubai airports, they must undergo a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test to screen them for coronavirus.

They should register their complete details in the COVID-19 DXB smart app, available online on arrival and before leaving the terminal.

Residents should not leave their house until they receive their COVID-19 test result. If they test positive, they will have to self-isolate at home for 14 days.

International Tourists Arriving Dubai

Dubai will allow entry of international tourists starting from 7th July.

They should download the COVID-19 DXB app and register their details on the app; since it facilitates easy coordination and communication with health authorities, should they experience any COVID-19 symptoms.

They must fill a “Health Declaration Form” before travelling to confirm they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms.

They should also ensure to have valid health insurance in order to be allowed to enter the country. The airline has the right to refuse boarding if passengers display any coronavirus symptoms.

Passengers will be required to show proof of not being infected with the virus on arrival at Dubai airports. If they cannot provide proof, they will be forced to undergo a PCR test at the airport.

All arrivals will be subject to thermal screenings. If a traveller is suspected of having coronavirus symptoms, Dubai airports have the right to re-test to ensure the tourist is free of the virus.

It is mandatory for tourists who test positive for coronavirus to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB app; also mandatory will be isolation at an institutional facility provided by the government for 14 days, at the expense of the traveller.

All positive COVID-19 cases should strictly adhere to the measures outlined by the COVID-19 Command and Control Centre.

Dubai Citizens and Residents Travelling Abroad

Dubai will allow its residents and citizens to begin travelling to international destinations starting from 23rd June.

There will be no restrictions on the overseas destinations that citizens and residents can travel to. However, they must comply with guidelines and protocols followed in the countries that they are travelling to.

They must fill out a “Health Declaration Form” before travelling to confirm they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms. The airline has the right to refuse boarding if passengers display any coronavirus symptoms.

Upon their return to Dubai, citizens and residents will have to undergo a PCR test at the airport.

They must register their complete details on the COVID-19 DXB smart app, available online at arrival, and commit to restricting themselves at home until their test results are available.

If they test positive, they must self-isolate for 14 days and adhere to all guidelines and measures outlined by the COVID-19 Command and Control Center.