COVID-19: Dubai to Allow Tourist Arrivals Starting July

Life is slowly getting back to normal for Dubai residents. The emirate has announced that it will start accepting tourists, starting 7th July, with strict protocols. Residents of Dubai can also now opt to travel outward to anywhere in the world, provided that the destination country is accepting inbound arrivals and they have permission to travel. Anyone traveling out of Dubai should also keep in mind the entry protocols that the respective governments have put in place.

Tourists are now welcome in Dubai

Tourists can now visit Dubai provided that they comply with the entry restrictions, to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Tourists are required to undergo Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing in order to enter Dubai. They have the option to get the PCR test in their home country, provided that the medical certificate they receive is issued no later than 96 hours (4 days) before their departure time. Visitors also have the option to take the PCR test upon arrival in Dubai. In addition to this, thermal screening is mandatory once they have arrived in Dubai’s airport.

Travellers should also download the COVID-19 DXB app and register their details. This will make it easier for contact tracing, should any infections occur. Of course, a valid international health insurance is asked for before you can enter the country. Prior to checking in from your country of origin, you will be asked by airline officials to complete a “Health Declaration Form”, and if you display any symptoms of COVID-19, the officers have the right to refuse you boarding.

For those who test positive for the coronavirus, they will be asked to either self-isolate at home or in an institutional facility chosen by the emirate, at the expense of the individual.

Residents can now travel abroad

UAE residents are now free to travel abroad, provided that they have applied via the GDRFA app and have armed themselves with the knowledge of the safety procedures of the country that they will be visiting. They will also be asked to fill in a “Health Declaration Form” prior to departure and will undergo a PCR test upon return to the UAE. Downloading the COVID-19 DXB app is also required once they go back to the country.

As with all countries, the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management of Dubai recommends physical distancing and the use of face masks at all times.

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