Covid Test for UAE

If you are looking to travel to the United Arab Emirates, including Dubai and Abu Dhabi, it is necessary to have the right health documentation. Medicspot offers Covid testing and fit to fly certificates, ensuring you are safe to travel from the UK to the UAE.

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As of 23 February, UK residents returning to Dubai need to get approval before travelling, whilst those returning to other parts of the UAE no longer need to get approval. Please see the government website for further guidance on entry to the UAE.

All tourists, visitors and residents travelling from or through the UK and arriving in Dubai or Abu Dhabi must have a negative Covid-19 PCR test which was taken no more than 72 hours before departure and must present this at arrival.

The UAE is on the red list for entering England. You will only be allowed to enter the UK if you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK. If you’re planning to return to the UK from the UAE, you’re required to take an antigen test from a government-listed service provider. See our antigen page for details on how to buy a Covid-19 antigen test.

UAE, Dubai and Abu Dhabi Travel Advice

Which Covid-19 test do I need to travel to the United Arab Emirates?

If you are travelling from the UK to Abu Dhabi you must undertake a negative Covid-19 PCR test 96 hours before travelling. You will also be required to undertake an additional Covid-19 PCR test upon arrival. Lastly, travellers entering Abu Dhabi are required to wear a government-provided wristband.

If you are travelling to Dubai from the UK then you can either provide evidence of a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours of travelling or take a PCR test upon arrival at Dubai airport instead. Those being tested on arrival are required to self-isolate pending the result of the test.

How much does a Covid-19 test cost for travel to the United Arab Emirates?

If you are travelling from the UK to the UAE, a Covid test costs £149. This covers both the PCR test and a Fit to Fly certificate.

Are Medicspot Covid tests approved by the UAE?

Yes. Medicspot tests and Fit to Fly certificates are recognised by both UAE airlines and the UAE government. This allows safe travel to Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

What documentation will I get following my Covid test in order to meet the United Arab Emirates’ travel requirements?

If your Covid-19 test is negative, Medicspot will provide you with negative test results as well as a Fit to Fly certificate. This documentation will be provided within the testing requirement window.

How long before my flight to Dubai or Abu Dhabi should I take a Covid test?

Travellers from the UK to Dubai or Abu Dhabi are required to take a negative PCR test 96 hours before their flight.

If my child is under 12 do they need a Covid test to travel to the UAE?

No, children under the age of 12 do not need to take a Covid-19 test in order to travel from the UK to the UAE. Those with severe and moderate disabilities are also exempt.

Will I still need to quarantine on arrival in the UAE if I have tested negative for Covid-19?

Potentially. If you are travelling to Abu Dhabi then you will be required to self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days. Depending on the length of your stay, you will be required to take up to two further Covid-19 PCR tests on day 6 and day 12.

Disclaimer All information is provided as guidance only. Ultimate responsibility for ensuring tests meet travel requirements lies with the traveller. Medicspot cannot be held liable for the advice provided here, given the changing nature of the government guidelines and the testing environment.

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