Negative COVID-19 test result mandatory for returning UAE residents

iStock [For illustration]

The UAE has made it mandatory for travellers returning from abroad to carry a negative COVID-19 PCR test result.

The latest directive, which comes into effect from Friday, July 24, is applicable for passengers departing from all airports.

During a media briefing on Wednesday, the official spokesperson of the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) said the tests must be done at accredited laboratories, and their details can be found on the website:

Dr. Saif Al Dhahiri added that the test results should have a validity period not exceeding 72 hours upon the passenger’s arrival in the UAE.

He also stressed the need for airlines to ensure that those travelling on their flights are carrying a negative certificate.


More from Local

Coming Up on Dubai Eye

  • The Sounds of Summer with Mark Lloyd

    12:00pm - 2:00pm

    Mark Lloyd wants to help you navigate places to explore across the UAE. There will also be LIVE interviews and features, continuing the conversation on the day’s biggest news stories. Plus we’ll be playing the biggest summer tracks.

  • Afternoons with Helen Farmer

    2:00pm - 5:00pm

    Every weekday afternoon, Helen Farmer will help you to navigate the highs and lows of life in the UAE. Stay up to date with what’s happening and where to go.

On Dubai Eye

Business Breakfast