Do I need a PCR test if I am transiting through the UAE?

Dubai International Airport, Terminal 3
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Dubai: Transiting through the UAE? You may need to present a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test result, depending on the country you are travelling from, as well as the airport you are transiting at. While the pandemic has affected global travel, the UAE continues to be a transit hub as more and more destinations open up and travel restrictions gradually ease.

If you are transiting through the UAE, these are the current requirements for presenting a negative PCR test result. Please note that travel regulations are subject to change, and passengers should confirm the latest rules that are applicable with their airlines and the transiting airport.


According to the official website of Dubai Airports, transit customers must check with their airline and their final destination for specific requirements. When travelling from certain countries, transit passengers must carry a negative COVID-19 PCR test result before arriving into Dubai international airport, no more than 96 hours before their scheduled flight departure time, at an officially recognised testing centre. They will also be subject to additional testing on arrival.

Children under the age of 12 and passengers with moderate to severe disabilities are exempt from PCR test requirements, according to the website.

According to the website of Emirates Airlines, if you are transiting through Dubai from any of the following countries, you must present a negative COVID 19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure, as well as following any requirements mandated by your final destination:

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