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Emirates Updates COVID-19 PCR Test Rules for Travel From India, Pakistan and UK, Among Other Countries


A valid negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate with a QR code for a test performed within 48 hours, according to Emirates.
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Dubai: Passengers traveling to Dubai from 12 countries including India and the UK must show a negative COVID-19 PCR result with a validity of 48 hours, Emirates airline said on its website .

There are specific requirements for passengers traveling from the following countries: Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Lebanon, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Sudan, United Kingdom, Vietnam and Zambia.

Traveling from UK

As of January 2, 2022, all passengers traveling from the UK to Dubai must hold a negative COVID 19 PCR test certificate for a test performed no more than 48 hours before departure and the certificate must be for a chain reaction by reverse transcription polymerase (RT PCR) test.

The RT PCR result certificate should indicate where the sample was taken. NHS COVID 19 test certificates are not accepted for travel from the UK.

Travel from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Sudan or Zambia

For passengers arriving from these countries, it is mandatory that the COVID 19 RT PCR report include a QR code linked to the original report for verification purposes.

The QR code must be presented at check-in and to representatives of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) upon arrival at Dubai airports.

Requirements for passengers from these countries arriving in Dubai or using Dubai as a connecting hub:

• A valid negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate with a QR code for a test performed within 48 hours. Validity should be calculated from the time the sample was collected, prior to departure from an approved health facility.

• A rapid COVID-19 PCR test report with a QR code for a test performed at the departure airport within six hours of departure.

Traveling from Lebanon

All passengers traveling on Emirates flights from Lebanon (upon arrival in Dubai or in transit to Dubai) must present a negative COVID 19 PCR test certificate with a QR code for a test performed at an approved facility within 48 hours after departure. The validity should be calculated from the time the sample was taken.

Only passengers with negative COVID 19 RT PCR test certificates issued by trusted laboratories and certified with a QR code linked to the original report for verification purposes should be accepted to travel on the flight.

Travel from Indonesia, Egypt and Vietnam

For passengers arriving from these countries, it is mandatory that the COVID 19 RT PCR report include a QR code linked to the original report for verification purposes.

The QR code must be presented at check-in and to representatives of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) upon arrival at Dubai airports. The PCR test must be performed within 72 hours of departure.