Dubai: UAE residents are looking forward to a long Eid weekend at the end of this month, and if you’re planning a quick getaway to take advantage of the extended holiday, you might want to catch up on the COVID-19 requirements you need. to accomplish.

Although many countries have relaxed COVID-19 testing and quarantine guidelines, you would still need some basic documentation in place, and you might even need a PCR test for some destinations. So, to make sure your Eid vacation trip is hassle-free, here’s a quick travel checklist.

Step 1: Check your destination’s PCR requirements

Can you get to your destination if you are not fully vaccinated? What documents do you need to provide, if you are vaccinated, to be accepted to travel? Each destination has specific COVID-19 guidelines, which you can find in detail on the website of the airlines you will be flying.

So before you travel, find out about the latest guidelines for your specific destination.

Step 2: Vaccination certificate – are you fully vaccinated?

Although you may have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, you will still need to check if the destination you are traveling to requires a booster dose six months after the second dose, for the person to be considered fully vaccinated.

In addition, you will need to know which vaccines are accepted by the country, to know if your vaccination status will be accepted.

If you meet the criteria for the country you are traveling to, you can upload your vaccination certificate from the Al Hosn app, if you received the doses in the UAE. The certificate is issued with a QR code.

How to download the vaccination certificate

1. Download the ‘Alhosn’ app, which is available for Apple and Android devices.

2. Register using your Emirates ID number, after which you will receive a one-time password for verification purposes on your registered mobile number.

3. Once registered on the application, you will get the details of the vaccination doses you have received.

4. To upload the certificate, tap the three dots in the upper right corner and select “Share Vaccination Certificate”. The app will then give you the option to share the electronic copy of your vaccination card via email or a messaging app, or download a pdf to print.

Step 3: Do you need a PCR test?

While some countries have started allowing fully vaccinated passengers to travel without needing to take a PCR test, you may still need one for other countries. Additionally, a few countries require passengers to be fully vaccinated and also have a negative PCR test result in order to travel.

The duration of the PCR test can vary from 72 to 48 hours before your flight departure time. However, it is important to note that most countries require a PCR test that has a QR code for verification purposes.

Where can I get an approved PCR test?

According to Emirates Airlines, it is the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) integrated laboratories that provide the COVID-19 PCR test certificates in Dubai.

• Agiomix
• Al Garhoud Private Hospital
• Al Zahra Hospital
• American Hospitals in Dubai
• SCP Clinical Pathology Services (MenaLab)
• Dubai Health Authority (Latifa Labs)
• Freiburg medical laboratory
• Group of Medical Hospitals
• Dubai Medsol Medical Laboratory
• National Reference Laboratory
• Viafet Genomics Laboratory
• Clinical Scientific Laboratories (Unilabs)
• Star Metropolis Clinical Laboratories
• York Diagnostic Laboratories

Other hospitals
• Al Tadawi Medical Center
• Aster Hospitals in Dubai
• Canadian Specialty Hospital
• Emirates Hospital
• King’s College Hospital Dubai
• MedCare
• Medeor Hospital
• NMC Health
• Top notch medical centers
• Saudi German Hospital
• Thumbay Hospital
• Zulekha Hospital

The Abu Dhabi Department of Health lists the following centers that provide PCR testing:

Abu Dhabi Stem Cell Center
Abu Dhabi Stem Cell Center Booth
Abu Dhabi Stem Cell Center Field Tent – Al Mushrif
Yas Healthcare LLC
Accuracy Plus Medical Laboratory
Yas Health Care LLC – Branch 1
Al Borg Diagnostic Center for LLC Laboratories
Al Fuad Medical Center
Al Hosn LLC Day Surgery Center
Alshameel home care
Baynuna Medical Center Booth – (Capital Mall)
Capital Medical Center for Health Screening – LLC
Health Plus Medical Laboratory / Health Plus Diabetes and Endocrinology Center
Marina LLC Health Promotion Center
LLC Wellness Day Surgery Center
Yas–Khalifa Clinical Group
New National Medical Center – Musaffah
Ideal clinical laboratories
Proficiency Healthcare Diagnostic Laboratories LLC Screening Tent
Droncall Ltd
Pioneer Medical Services LLC
Home Health Medical Center – LLC
Medstar Icad LLC Medical Center
Healthline Day Care Surgery Screening Tent
Nmc Specialty Hospital Llc Drive Thru Tent
Makkah Specialty Medical Center

Czech Rehabilitation Hospital – Alain
Al Shrooq Llc Health Services Center
Al Sultan Advanced Medical Clinics
Infinity Health Care Medical Center Llc – Al Ain
Ain Al Khaleej Hospital
Medstar Clinics – Al Ain Industrial
Burjeel Royal Hospital LLC Screening Tent
Pride Medical Center – Al Ain Industrial
Health Team Medical Center LLC – Al Ain
True Life LLC Primary Care Center
Conventional Care Medical Center – Sweihan, Al Ain
Yas Clinic Group – Al Ain
Advanced Medical Center Diagnostic Center
Accu Care Medical Laboratory – Al Ain
Czech Rehabilitation Hospital and Al Ain Football Club drive-thru tent
Al Balsam LLC Medical Center
Beaulink Medical Center
Al Mamoon Medical Center
Cure Plus Medical Center
Laurette Medical Center
Alraaya Specialized Medical Center
Biotechnology Diagnostic Center Medical Laboratory Llc
Cope Medical Center
Ultra Medical Center Screening Tent
Medeor 24×7 Tent International Hospital LLC
Royal Care Medical Center – Branch1
Diamond Medical Center LLC
Al Taj Medical Laboratory
Emirates International Hospital – Sole Proprietorship LLC

National drive-through testing centers

National drive-through COVID-19 testing centers are available in all emirates. Download the SEHA app or call the Estijaba Helpline on 8001717 to book an appointment for COVID-19 testing from anywhere in the UAE.

The place and time of the screening will be confirmed to you by SMS.

Step 4: Do you need to register on the country’s COVID-19 portal?

After the outbreak of COVID-19, countries around the world developed online portals to track the spread of the virus. Find out if your destination requires you to register with the country’s COVID-19 portal. If so, you will need to provide your flight details, vaccination status and a negative PCR test result, based on the latest guidelines.

Step 5: print the necessary documents

Once you have all your documents in place, it is important to keep a printed copy of each certificate, test result or gate entry as this may be required by airport staff.

Step 6: Keep extra masks and gloves handy

Before heading to the airport, don’t forget to pack your COVID-19 safety kit – extra masks, gloves and hand sanitizers – to ensure you enjoy a safe Eid break at the airport. foreign.

If you haven’t planned your trip yet, there are certain destinations you can travel to without a visa as a UAE resident. To learn more, read here.