UAE Tourist Visa


The beautiful and most-visited country of Dubai shut its doors to Indian travelers since April 2021 causing many tourists to cancel their plans. Those who intended to visit Dubai in 2021 had to wrap up their plans as well. Many tourists in India had to come up with new travel plans to another country since they were left with no choice while some decided to wait for Dubai to re-open.


Months passed and still, there was no news of Dubai re-opening anytime soon.


The good news hit everyone on 30th August 2021 when the UAE tourist visa opened. This new decision taken by UAE is not only for Indian passport holders with a tourist visa but for all citizens of every country, even those who hold resident visas. These include those travelers coming from countries that were previously banned as well.


The countries from which travelers can now arrive in UAE are India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Nepal, Pakistan, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Namibia, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Liberia, South Africa, and Uganda.


Dubai Expo 2020, which was delayed last year and now resumes operation from 1st October 2021 will now allow travelers from all over to attend this huge event. However, there are some travel guidelines that need to be strictly followed.


Every traveler who arrives in Dubai needs to be fully vaccinated, both doses, with a recognized and approved Covid-19 vaccine by World Health Organization aka WHO.


There are certain requirements that a traveler going to the UAE needs to fulfill.


  1. Within 48hours of departure from your country, every tourist needs to produce the RT-PCR test certificate that must show NEGATIVE which must be valid.
  2. The test needs to be taken within 72hours prior to departure.
  3. The report of a rapid antigen PCR test, which shall be carried out at the departure airport (6hours) before departure also needs to be submitted.
  4. A PCR test needs to be undergone on arrival in the Dubai airport.
  5. All children under 12 years and those having moderate to severe disabilities are exempted from the PCR.
  6. The PCR certificate needs to be stamped and signed by an authorized lab with a QR Code.
  7. The language on the certificate must be in English or Arabic.
  8. Every traveler needs to download the COVID-19 DXB Smart App prior to departure.
  9. The need to register on the government’s health app about vaccination status is a must.
  10. It is compulsory to download and submit Health Declaration form long with a Quarantine Undertaking form while entering UAE borders.
  11. It is compulsory to quarantine for 14days if tested positive on arrival in DXB.
  12. Previous rules of quarantine and testing stay the same for unvaccinated travelers. You are not allowed to exit your room before your test results can arrive. This applies to a transfer to another country as well.
  13. Travelers are required to wear masks as they step out of the room to whichever place they are visiting in Dubai.
  14. Previously approval of the GDRFA or the ICA was required for tourist visas. It is no longer needed now.


The World Health Organization (WHO) has approved the Covishield vaccine for now among Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Sinopharm, and Sinovac Covid-19 vaccines.


Kindly note that Covaxin, a vaccine for Covid-19 given in India is yet to receive approval from WHO.


The current airlines operating to Dubai are Emirates, Etihad, Air Arabia, Indigo, and Go Air. Whatever airline you are choosing, make sure to read their website as well as try to call them regarding any latest rules or regulations.


We at Fly for Holidays have been helping with UAE tourist visas since the beginning.


Contact us today to help with a Dubai visa.


We also help with the preparation of Dubai holiday packages and flight tickets.


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