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Dubai: All Covid-19 Entry Requirements For Tourists

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Dubai was one of the first cities in the world to fully reopen for tourism. Starting in early July, the UAE reopened borders to all nations, making Dubai one of the most accessible destinations during the pandemic. 

Yes, Dubai is a city within the United Arab Emirates, but since our readers have been asking specifically for a “Dubai Entry Requirements” guide, and the UAE has very separate requirements for other areas (like Abu Dhabi), this guide is article is focusing solely on the city of Dubai.

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Countries Permitted To Visit Dubai

All nations.

Tourists from all countries are permitted to visit Dubai under regular visa requirements for the UAE.

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COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements for Dubai

Testing required. 

All passengers entering Dubai will need proof of a negative PCR test, taken no longer than 72 hours before the departing flight into Dubai. 

The test must be in either Arabic or English. Children under 12 are exempt. 

For a very select list of countries the window for the test is reduce to 48 hours.

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Is testing needed to transit in Dubai?

Yes and No.

For some countries, the above PCR test requirement is not needed to transit in Dubai as long as the passenger is not leaving the airport or going through customs.

Countries that do NOT require a PCR test to transit: Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives Islands, Mauritius, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United States 

Countries that DO require a 72-hour PCR test to transit: Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Chile, Cote d’lvoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, Slovakia, Somaliland, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Dubai Connect

Emirates has relaunched its Dubai Connect program, which gives eligible passengers a free hotel stay during a long layover. 

The 72-hour PCR test requirement is in effect for any passengers taking advantage of this program, as they will be leaving the airport. 

Layover in Dubai? Emirates Offers Free Hotel Room For Transiting Passengers

Quarantine Entry Requirements 

No mandatory quarantines

There are no quarantines for travelers arriving into Dubai that have no symptoms and have proof of their negative PCR test.

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COVID-19 Travel Insurance Entry Requirements 

The government of UAE has said that all travelers and tourists into Dubai MUST have travel health insurance. 

Since this is a mandatory requirement for entry, all travelers should get a policy before arrival, one that preferably covers covid.

COVID-19 Health Requirements While in Dubai

All visitors must follow COVID-19 health requirements while in Dubai:

  • Download and register the ‘DXB Smart App’ contact tracing app for the entire trip. 
  • Wearing masks in all indoor and outdoor public spaces
  • Maintain physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from others
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COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements 

Dubai has not announced any mandates on a proof of vaccine record (POVR) or an international certificate of vaccination or prophylaxis (ICVP) for entry.

Visa Entry Requirements For Dubai (UAE)

Many nations, like the USA, Canada and members of the EU, can enter the UAE either Visa-free or with a free Visa on arrival.

Since reopening in July 2020, Dubai is accepting visitors under normal ‘pre-covid’ visa rules.

Dubai’s Covid-19 Entry Requirements:

  1. Check to see if you require a visa to go to Dubai
  2. Perform a PCR test, no longer than 96 hours prior to your departing flight
  3. Download the DXB Smart App on your phone
  4. Follow all health protocols while in Dubai

Source: / emirates

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