Philippines to Dubai: Travel Requirements, Visa Application, Restrictions, etc.

Dubai has been open to tourists since July 2020.
by | April 28, 2022

When you want to experience luxury, adventure, and culture in one trip, Dubai is one of the best cities to have it all. The Emirate is home to the second most five-star hotels and to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa (among other spots and destinations) – there’s no wonder why it’s one of the most traveled cities globally.

Gearing up to visit Dubai soon? Here’s everything you need to know:

Is Dubai open to tourists?

Yes, Dubai is open to tourists. In fact, the city has been open to visitors since July 2020.


Who can travel to Dubai from the Philippines?

Dubai is open to all travelers: UAE residents and citizens, GCC citizens, and residents, tourists and visitors, and transit passengers.


Do you need a visa to enter Dubai?

Yes, Filipinos need a visa to enter Dubai.


Dubai visa requirements

A Dubai tourist visa is valid for 30 days for a single or multiple entry trip. The following are the documents you need to prepare:

  • Passport with at least six months of validity prior to the date of travel to Dubai
  • Colored photos
  • Confirmed airline booking
  • Application form and/or additional documents


The following individuals or establishments can also apply for a tourist visa on your behalf:

  • Airlines such as Emirates, FlyDubai, Air Arabia, and Etihad Airways
  • Five, four, and three-star hotels where you’re staying
  • Licensed travel agents or tour operators
  • Relatives or friends residing in the UAE
  • Organizations or companies

Note: Tourist visas are valid for entry to the UAE for up to 60 days from the date of issue.


Requirements for travel from the Philippines to Dubai

These are the important documents to prepare for before traveling to Dubai:

  • A valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate, showing the traveler is fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). The certificate must contain a QR code.
  • A valid negative COVID-19 test certificate taken at an accredited laboratory and issued within 48 hours before departure. The certificate must also contain a QR code linking to the original test results; it will be scanned upon arrival at the airport.
  • For passengers who recovered from COVID-19: a valid medical certificate verifying that the traveler recovered from COVID-19 must be issued within one month before the date of arrival. A QR code is also mandatory for this document.
  • Install COVID-19 DXB Smart App available on iOS and Android


Dubai quarantine rules

Inbound travelers to Dubai are required to undergo an RT-PCR test upon arrival and self-quarantine until a negative result is released. Travelers must also download the COVID-19 DXB Smart App available on iOS and Android.


The following are exempted from COVID-19 testing:

  • Travelers with moderate to severe disabilities
  • Children below 12 years of age


What to expect during your visit

Wearing masks is required in indoor public spaces and optional in outdoor venues.


Current Dubai COVID situation


For more information and updates, visit the following pages:



When she’s not writing, Ina’s busy curating playlists that will save her when words don’t work, reading, annoying her cat, or thinking of her next meal.

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