Dubai International Airport Alert
March 18, 2020 - The safety and wellbeing of all our customers and community members is of paramount importance at this time. By working closely with the Dubai Health Authority, we are ensuring the correct procedures are taken in the airport environment. Dubai Airports continues to maintain strict cleanliness and hygiene standards.
As part of our response to the ongoing situation around Covid-19, Dubai Airports can confirm the following information, as directed by the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), the UAE health authorities and other relevant authorities.
Given airlines may have implemented flight cancellations for commercial reasons, we advise customers to check with their airline in advance of travel.
Issuance of Visas
Effective 00:01, March 19, 2020, UAE authorities have temporarily suspended the issuance of all entry visas to the UAE, including those for countries eligible for visa issuance on arrival, with the exception of passport holders from GCC countries and those holding diplomatic passports. UAE Nationals will also not be permitted to leave the UAE. These arrangements will apply until further notice
Residents of the UAE
From March 18, all residents arriving back to the UAE will be quarantined for a duration of two (2) weeks once.
Screening on Arrival
On arrival to Dubai International (DXB) all passengers will go through a non-intrusive thermal scanning process as they pass through customs.
Those arriving from any of the countries listed below will undergo thermal screening and nasal swab. This level of screening is being carried out by Dubai Health Authority’s (DHA) airport medical centre team at Dubai International (DXB) and limited to the following countries:
- Italy – Rome
- People’s Republic of China – Beijing
Screening on Departure
All passengers departing on passenger flights bound for destinations in the United States will also undergo thermal screening.
Suspension of Flights
As directed by the relevant authorities, all scheduled passenger flights to and from the following countries have been suspended until further notice:
- Islamic Republic of Iran
- Italy, except for Rome
- Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
- People’s Republic of China, except for Beijing
For information on precautionary measures while travelling to keep you and those around you safe, please visit the official WHO or DHA websites: