Starting August 1, 2020, anyone entering the United Arab Emirates (UAE) must present a Covid-19 negative test certificate offered in the past 96 hours. However, the residents of 29 specific countries around the world will have to take a second test once they land in the UAE.

Tanzania, South Africa, Sudan, Nigeria, Egypt, Eritrea, Djibouti and Somalia are among the African countries that will have to take a second test.

Among those African countries listed, South Africa, Egypt and Nigeria have reported the highest Covid-19 cases which are 459,761; 92,947 and 41,804 cases respectively. The countries that have recorded the least number of Covid-19 cases are Tanzania and Eritrea with 509 and 265 cases respectively.

“If you take a test at the airport, you must remain in your hotel or residence until you receive the test result,” Emirates Airlines states on their website.

If the Covid-19 test turns out positive, you must go in isolation and observe the Dubai Health Authority guidelines. You will also be required to download Dubai’s Covid-19 smart app.

Children under the age of 12 and those with a mild or severe disability are not expected to take a Covid-19 test before they board a flight to UAE. UAE residents and citizens will also not have to take a Covid-19 test on arrival unless they are from the 29 highlighted countries.

Other countries that will have to take a second test are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

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Residents of Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Armenia, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia and Brazil will also have to take a second test. Those passing through the UAE from the US will also have to take a second test specifically those from – Dallas Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, California, Florida and Texas.