Covid 19 travel protocols

As you plan to join us for the September 2021 intake, we would like to keep you up to date with the most recent travel information for those traveling from South Africa, Nigeria, and India to the United Arab Emirates.

According to guidelines issued by the Government of Dubai, residence visa holders from India and travelers from South Africa must have taken two doses of a vaccine approved by the UAE authorities (please verify the list of approved vaccines by contacting the United Arab Emirates embassy in your respective country) and carry RT-PCR tests reports from labs approved by the federal governments of these countries. For those travelling from Nigeria, however, vaccination is not mandatory, but all other conditions will apply. In addition to the above, travelers from India are required to take a rapid PCR test four hours prior to their travel.

The Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine currently being sold in India under the brand name Covishield is a UAE-approved vaccine.

Below are the current rules for travelers coming from the three countries:

For passengers from India

  • Entry will be permitted to residents who have received two doses of UAE approved vaccines.
  • All travelers are also required to present a negative Covid-19 test result taken within 48 hours before departure; UAE citizens are exempted.
  • Only QR coded PCR test result certificates are accepted.
  • All passengers must take a rapid PCR test 4 hours prior to flight departure.
  • All passengers must undergo a PCR test on arrival at Dubai Airport.
  • Passengers should undergo institutional quarantine until they receive their PCR test result, which is expected within 24 hours. UAE citizens and diplomats are exempted.

For passengers from South Africa

  • Passengers should have received two doses of a vaccine approved by UAE authorities.
  • All travelers are also required to present a negative Covid-19 test result taken within 48 hours before departure; UAE citizens are exempted.
  • All passengers must undergo a PCR test on arrival at Dubai Airport.
  • Transit passengers should comply with entry protocols of final destinations.

For passengers from Nigeria

  • Passengers required to present a negative Covid-19 test result taken within 48 hours before departure; UAE citizens are exempted.
  • All travelers are required to present a negative PCR test certificate with a QR code from labs approved by the Nigerian government.
  • All passengers must undergo a PCR test on arrival at Dubai Airport.
  • Transit passengers should comply with entry protocols of final destinations.

Note: This information has been provided to us by relevant authorities. Kindly check with the concerned embassies before making any travel plans.