Plan Ahead for Your Trip to Dubai:
The WCOG 2022 is committed to providing you with stress-free and safe trip to the UAE. We understand that travel requirements are ever evolving and shifting in today’s climate and want to mitigate any difficulty you may face as you plan your itinerary.
Visit this page frequently to stay informed on the latest COVID-19 travel updates and resources.
Registering online to attend our World Congress in December meets several of our goals:
- Providing you with a contactless way of engaging with our facilities and ensuring social distancing.
- Encouraging your hassle-free journey from the beginning to end.
- Aligning with our Sustainability Initiatives and pledge to organize a waste-free experience.
Before Your Flight:
Requirements for all passengers arriving in Dubai
Source: Emirates Airlines
Passengers travelling to Dubai from all countries (GCC included) must have a negative COVID‑19 RT‑PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure.
There are specific requirements for passengers travelling from the following countries. Please check before you travel: Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Burundi, Botswana, Cameroon, Chad, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq Lebanon, Lesotho ,Liberia, Mauritania, Mexico, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Russia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The certificate must be a Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT PCR) test. Other test certificates including antibody tests, NHS COVID‑19 Test certificates, COVID‑19 Rapid PCR tests and home testing kits are not accepted in Dubai. Self‑testing/Self‑administered PCR test results will not be accepted.
Travellers must bring an official printed or digital certificate in English or Arabic to check in – SMS certificates are not accepted. COVID‑19 PCR certificates in other languages are acceptable if they can be validated at the originating station.
COVID‑19 RT PCR test certificates must be issued by an authorised facility in the passenger’s departure country. Certificates that have already been presented for travel to another destination can’t be used for re entry even if they are still within the validity period.
The regulations change frequently, so please check the requirements of the country you are departing. You may need to take a particular type of COVID 19 test specified by your destination in order to depart the country.
At The Airport:
Ensure you have all the necessary documents in hand as you approach your check-in counter, including:
- A Negative RT-PCR Test taken no more than 72 hours before departure.
NOTE: You may be required to provide an RT-PCR Test administered closer to your flight based on your departure destination, or require further documentation such as proof of vaccination against COVID-19, so please make sure to check your personal requirements here.
If your departure destination is not listed, we recommend contacting your airline directly or checking our list of useful resources below [should be able to click and take them down to the useful links part of the page].
During Your Stay:
Latest COVID-19 Regulations in Dubai:
- Effective 15 February 2022, the UAE has eased capacity and social distancing restrictions in the following circumstances:
- Social Events:
- Maximum capacity is now allowed for social events.
- Places of Worship:
- As per the new rules, social distancing in mosques, churches and other worship places will be reduced to one metre.
- Authorities emphasized that residents should still wear masks, maintain social distance and sanitization for their safety.
Travelling Between Emirates:
Effective 30 December 2021, vaccinated residents and visitors must have a Green Pass on their Al Hosn app to enter Abu Dhabi from other Emirates. Unvaccinated travellers must present a negative COVID‑19 PCR test result received within 96 hours of entry. In addition, all commuters (passengers and vehicle drivers) travelling to Abu Dhabi will be scanned by EDE devices at the border to gain permission to enter the emirate. The protocols in place at all Abu Dhabi borders could affect your travel times due to anticipated congestions.
Once scanned, anyone with signs that they may have the virus will be sent for a free rapid antigen test which delivers results in about 20 minutes. If the test is positive, those who are residents of Abu Dhabi should isolate for 10 days. They will be fitted with a tracking wristband for this duration.
However, commuters from outside Abu Dhabi must return to the emirate from which they travelled and notify the local health authority of their test result. Anyone entering Abu Dhabi emirate will need to undertake the EDE scan regardless of whether they have the AlHosn Green Pass.
How does the EDE scanner work?
EDE scanners use advanced technology to rapidly detect potential COVID‑19 cases without storing any personal information. They do so by measuring alterations in electromagnetic waves, using a smartphone connected to a sensor. Electromagnetic wave patterns change when RNA particles of the COVID‑19 virus are present. The results of the scan are therefore near instantaneous.
The screen on a scanner turns green to show that the person is healthy, whereas an alert in red appears to indicate a possible COVID‑19 infection.
What is the Green Pass?
For vaccinated residents and visitors who receive a negative COVID‑19 PCR test result, their green status on the Al Hosn will be activated for 14 days. After which, their status will turns grey and they will have to take another PCR test.
At the Venue:
The Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC)
Source: DWTC Website
- Please follow the clearly marked and separate entry and exit points
- Wearing a face mask is mandatory at all times including inside the halls, gloves are optional
- Please keep social distancing when greeting and refrain from exchanging business cards
- Barcode or QR codes will be digitally scanned to allow entry where applicable
- Regular handwashing is recommended. Alternatively, please sanitise your hands frequently using the sanitisers provided across the venue
- Please keep a social distance of 2 metres at all times. When queuing, please stand on the floor stickers to ensure minimum distance. Our event seating capacities have also been adjusted to accommodate this social distance
- Contactless payments will be available at the WCOG 2022.
Before You Leave:
We at the WCOG 2022 are dedicated to providing you with holistic support throughout your journey with us, and that includes your trip home.
Once you have completed your successful trip to Dubai, visited the plethora of local attractions and attended The WCOG 2022, make sure you have considered the following points before making your way to your terminal at the Dubai International Airport (DXB):
- Passengers travelling from Dubai will need to undergo COVID‑19 PCR testing only if it is required by the country you are travelling to.
- Please check the requirements of the country you are travelling to. The travel regulations change frequently.
Rules for travel to China
To be accepted for travel from Dubai to China, you are required to take a double COVID‑19 PCR test and antibody blood IgM test before departure. You will also need to self‑quarantine for 14 days before your flight’s scheduled departure.
All passengers, except children below the age of 1, must report to the Dubai Airport Terminal 3, Car Park check in area between 1800 and 1900hrs (Dubai local time) to undergo an additional RT PCR test 8 hours before flight departure. Passengers must remain at the Car Park check in area to await the results. Once an SMS is received with a negative test result, please make sure to collect a printed copy of your RT PCR test certificate and proceed to the check in counter in the same area.
Passengers must pay AED 150/ per test, per person.
List of Useful Links:
- Emirates Airlines – Travel Requirements: https://www.emirates.com/ae/english/help/covid-19/dubai-travel-requirements/
- Fly Dubai – Travel Requirements: https://www.flydubai.com/en/plan/covid-19/travel-requirements
- Emirates Airlines: Requirements By Destination: https://www.emirates.com/english/help/covid-19/travel-requirements-by-destination/
- UAE Portal – Moving within The UAE: https://u.ae/en/information-and-services/justice-safety-and-the-law/handling-the-covid-19-outbreak/travelling-amid-covid-19/moving-within-the-uae
- Emirates Airlines – List of Approved Laboratories in Dubai: https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/health-screening-documents/approved-laboratories-in-dubai.pdf?h=qigIaFo_449cZAY0bcqTIg
- Dubai World Trade Centre – COVID Guide: https://www.dwtc.com/en/Pages/covid-visitor-guidelines.aspx
- Visit Dubai – COVID-19 FAQs: https://www.visitdubai.com/en/business-in-dubai/faqs
- Visit Dubai – Practical Information https://www.visitdubai.com/en/plan-your-trip/practical-information