All tourists and residents flying into Dubai airport can undergo free coronavirus test
All travellers landing in Dubai can be tested for Covid-19 without charge, according to the Dubai Health Authority.
Nationals and returning residents will be given polymerase chain reaction (PCR) coronavirus tests on landing in the emirate.
Tourists have two options. They can take a PCR test a maximum four days before flying to the UAE and present Dubai authorities with the Covid-19 negative certificate.
Otherwise, they can subject themselves to a free test after landing in the city. f a traveller shows symptoms of the virus on board a flight, a follow-up Covid-19 test will be conducted even if the person carries a negative certificate.
The measures have been put in place by Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management to help prevent the spread of coronavirus by air travel.
All travellers arriving in Dubai must also complete health declaration forms that disclose any possible symptoms of the disease. These will be given to passengers by the airline they are flying with.
At Dubai airport, every passenger will have their temperature scanned by thermal screening devices and everyone must download the Covid-19 DXB app.
Valid medical insurance is also required for tourists. Those that arrive without it will be asked to sign a disclaimer undertaking that they will “bear all costs of quarantine and treatment”.
Any traveller testing positive for Covid-19 once in Dubai will have to undergo a 14-day quarantine. This can be done at home if conditions comply with official guidelines from the Covid-19 Command and Control Centre.
People who share a home or live in high-density housing will be isolated at a separate centre.
This should be provided by their employer or the government, with companies bearing the costs according to the Dubai Health Authority’s most recent guidelines.
People flying into Dubai must also observe precautionary measures including wearing face masks, maintaining two-metre social distancing and washing their hands regularly.
A tourist receives instructions at Dubai airport on Wednesday after the UAE reopened its doors to international visitors