Travelling Through Dubai? You’re Now Required To Carry A Negative Covid-19 Test

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Since August 1, 2020, Emirates and Dubai have announced travel updates for those using the Dubai travel hub.

All inbound travellers whether you’re staying in Dubai or travelling through Dubai are required to hold a negative Covid-19 test.

Travellers heading to Europe via or from Dubai will also be required to hold a negative PCR test certificate.

Speaking about the new requirements, Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Chief Operating Officer said:

“In the 3 weeks since Dubai re-opened for tourists, we saw more than 1.6 million searches for destination Dubai on, and an increase in bookings with travellers coming from more than 30 countries including France, Germany, Malaysia, UK, and US.”

Continuing that an increase in tourists means that Dubai needs to continue to err on the side of caution to make sure everyone remains safe while travelling, Adel Al Redha noted that Emirates is now the first airline to offer free global cover for Covid-19 related expenses should a passenger unfortunately test positive when they are travelling and away from home.


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Since re-opening so far, Dubai has been pleased to report that the number of new Covid-19 cases across the UAE has remained steady and on a downward trend.

And although the penchant for travel is at an all time high, especially as we see people we know and those in the Irish public eye take off over the past couple of weeks despite government’s guidelines, it’s important to remember those guidelines are there for a reason; your safety.

In accordance with Government policy, the Department of Foreign Affairs continues to advise travellers from Ireland against any non-essential travel.

For more information on travelling from Ireland and the current guidelines in place, click here.


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