No pre-departure COVID test for Indian passengers arriving Dubai

According to the amended travel protocols, the passengers arriving from the Republic of India will now not be required to undergo a Covid RT-PCR test while boarding a flight to Dubai.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: According to the amended travel protocols, the passengers arriving from the Republic of India will now not be required to undergo a Covid RT-PCR test while boarding a flight to Dubai.

The mandate COVID-19 testing policy at the time of departure within the time frame of 6 hours before boarding a flight has been terminated by the Dubai Airport authorities for the four countries.


These four nations include India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The new travel regulation came into effect on Tuesday, February 22, 2022.

People arriving in Dubai from the aforementioned countries will need to present a negative COVID-19 test (to be taken between 48 hours prior to their travel).

The passengers will also have to undergo a mandate COVID-19 test on their arrival at the Dubai airports. The individuals have been asked to self-quarantine themselves until the test results arrive.

As per the circular released, it is not specifically mentioned that the passengers will only have to undergo an RT-PCR COVID-19 test.

Meanwhile, as per the statics shared by the Dubai Airport authorities, the majority of the travellers who arrived in Dubai last year were Indians, followed by visitors from Pakistan.

In 2021, nearly 29 million passengers arrived at the Dubai International Airport, which is more than that of the year 2020, where 26 million passengers across the globe arrived in Dubai. In this number, the count of the Indian passengers was around 4.2 million, then Pakistan at 1.8 million.


The United Arab Emirates, since the start of the pandemic, has recorded more than 876,000 COVID-19 confirmed cases. The death rate of the Middle East state stands at 2,297.

Around 99% of the UAE population is partially vaccinated, whereas nearly 95.5% of the country’s population has received their second dose and are fully immunised.

Tariq Saeed


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