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COVID-19 testing mandatory for UAE travellers

From 1 August, all travellers arriving in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) must have a negative COVID-19 test up to 96 hours before departure.

These requirements come as the country continues to protect its residents and reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Airlines will be checking that passengers boarding flights to the UAE have proof of a negative test result from an approved clinic (see below). Children under 12 years and passengers with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempt from the test requirement.

In addition, passengers transiting through the UAE to the European Union and United Kingdom, as well as other countries that require a PCR test, will need to be tested within 96 hours of boarding their flights in the UAE.

Etihad Airways and Emirates are the carriers most heavily affected by the mandatory testing requirements and you can see their specific updates below.

Etihad Airways travel guidelines:

COVID-19 PCR testing is mandatory for all worldwide Etihad Airways flights on or after 1 August, 2020

To arrange a test in the UAE, Etihad has teamed up with Mediclinic. Guests can visit Mediclinic.ae to book their test at any Mediclinic facility. Guests will receive their test results within 24 hours and the service is available for all guests flying from Abu Dhabi, including guests travelling from another emirate to reach Abu Dhabi airport.

If a passenger tests positive or they are unable to present proof of their negative COVID-19 PCR test before their flight, they will not be permitted to travel. They can rearrange their flight for free, or cancel and use the value of their flight towards their next trip with Etihad Credit. Find out more at etihadhub.com

See Etihad’s full travel guide.

Emirates travel requirements:

All travellers to Dubai, including passengers with a connecting flight, must complete this health declaration form and give it to the staff at check-in. This form will also be available at check-in.

Passengers will also need to complete the quarantine undertaking form provided on board if Dubai is your final destination. They will hand this form to the Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival.

See Emirates’ travel requirements.

Find an approved clinic:

Travellers departing from Australia can arrange a test with a Pure Health medical facility in your city/state.

The COVID-19 test must be taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure and you will be required to carry proof of your negative test results.

Click here to find your closest clinic.

It’s important to check the latest requirements before travel, as conditions are frequently changing. Please don’t hesitate to contact your CBT team for assistance with your upcoming trips.

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