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Dubai Reopening For Tourism on July 7 – All Countries Welcome

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Dubai, UAE officially reopened its borders for international tourism on July 7, 2020 – allowing travellers from all normally permitted countries to visit.

This article will show you which flights have resumed to the city, what hotels are reopening, and any rules that travelers need to follow before and during their visit to Dubai.

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Dubai Reopening – What You Need To Know Before You Go

Dubai is reopening for international tourists to visit on July 7th, but there are some requirements to gain entry. Here’s what you need to know before you book your flight:

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Check if you need a Visa

Since ‘pre-covid' entry rules are still in effect, your nationality might require a visa before traveling to Dubai. You can check if your country needs a visa here

Download The Covid-19 DXB App

The app is required for inbound travellers to download. Travellers will register their trip on the app, as well as critically important health details, including a ‘Health Declaration Form’ that is required to be completed and submitted before entry to the UAE. (IOS / Android

The app will also grant direct communication to local health authorities should a traveller develop symptoms during their trip.

Get Travel Health Insurance

International travelers need to obtain travel health insurance for the duration of their trip into Dubai.

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Bring a Negative PCR Test

All tourists must complete a PCR test with a maximum validity of four days (96 hours) ahead of the date of departure. They will be required to show proof of a negative test before boarding and on arrival at Dubai airports. 

Fill Out a Health Form

All travellers to Dubai, including passengers with a connecting flight, must complete this health declaration form and give it to the staff at check-in. This form will also be available at check-in.

Agree to thermal screenings upon arrival

All tourists will undergo thermal screenings when they arrive at the Dubai airport. If a traveller has symptoms, they will be re-tested, even if they bring their negative PCT test with them.

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Testing and Quarantine Requirements

If a tourist follows the above advice, brings their negative PCR test with them, and has no symptoms upon arrival, then there is no mandatory testing or quarantine period. They can enter Dubai and enjoy their vacation.

Updates on ALL Entry Requirements

This article was first published in June 2020, and since then,  entry requirements may have changed. For the most updated entry rules, please see our “Dubai Covid-19 Entry Requirements” guide.

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Health Rules While Visit Dubai

While tourists are enjoying their trip in Dubai, the local government has asked them to abide by the following rules:

  • Strictly follow physical distancing guidelines
  • Use face masks
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Observe precautionary measures and monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms and report any symptoms immediately
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Emirates Air, the state-owned airline of the UAE has launched their ‘Health and Safety First’ campaign to keep travellers safe during their trip.

They’ve implemented a comprehensive set of measures at every step of the customer journey to ensure the safety of its customers and employees on the ground and in the air, including the distribution of complimentary hygiene kits containing masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes to all customers.

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What flights have resumed to Dubai?

Currently, Emirates Air is flying from 40+ countries to Dubai and is actively looking to expand these routes as demand increases over the next few months.

Starting in July, here are some direct flights heading to Dubai

From Canada

  • Toronto on Emirates

From USA

  • Los Angeles on Emirates
  • Chicago on Emirates
  • New York on Emirates
  • Washington on Emirates

From Europe

  • Amsterdam on Emirates
  • Athens on Emirates
  • Barcelona on Emirates
  • Belgrade on FlyDubai
  • Bucharest on FlyDubai
  • Brussels on Emirates
  • Copenhagen on Emirates
  • Dublin on Emirates
  • Frankfurt on Emirates
  • Istanbul on Emirates, Pegasus and Turkish Airlines
  • Kiev on FlyDubai
  • Krakow on FlyDubai
  • London on Emirates and British Airways
  • Madrid on Emirates
  • Manchester on Emirates
  • Milan on Emirates
  • Moscow on FlyDubai
  • Paris on Emirates
  • Prague on FlyDubai
  • Sofia on FlyDubai
  • Vienna on Emirates
  • Zurich on Emirates

Emirates Air and many other airlines are also flying direct to many cities throughout Asia and the Middle East.

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What Hotels are open in Dubai?

Travellers will find that most hotels have reopened in Dubai. Some hotels and resorts are also offering deep discounts for UAE residents to keep them in country and on ‘staycations’. Some of the most popular hotels that have reopened are:

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The decision for Dubai to reopen for tourism on July 7th was made on June 21st by the supreme committee under the directives of Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and the follow-up of Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management headed by His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The Committee said the marked progress achieved by the emirate in combating the virus with strict precautionary measures implemented at national and local levels has earned it worldwide praise. Dubai’s rapid response to the global pandemic combined with the concerted efforts of the government and private sector and the commitment of the community have helped significantly reduce the spread of the virus.

Read More: Want to see what other countries are open? Read our complete list of countries now reopen for tourism

Sources: / emirates /

Disclaimer: Dubai's reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry before traveling.

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Originally published June 22 with updates 


Saturday 12th of September 2020

I'll be traveling to Dubai in December and wondering if I should get the medical/traveling insurance. Is it necessary ?

Kashlee Kucheran

Saturday 12th of September 2020

If it were me, I would get it!


Friday 28th of August 2020

Hello, anyone knows when Abu Dhabi will be open for tourists, as well?

Kashlee Kucheran

Friday 28th of August 2020

Hi Gabriela! We just had a reader email this to us a few days ago: "Americans can also travel to Abu Dhabi. We just returned after 5 days in Dubai and 5 days in Abu Dhabi. We flew into Dubai on Emirates and then transfered by car to Abu Dhabi. We stayed at the Waldorf Astoria International Financial Center in Dubai. The hotel arranged a covid test for $60 per person needed within 48 hours of foreigners entering Abu Dhabi. Everything in Abu Dhabi is open except Mosques and tours can be hard to book due to the low number of tourist."

We have not confirmed this with the local government of Abu Dhabi, but I wanted to give you the info we had :)


Thursday 27th of August 2020

How about transitting without leaving the airport?


Thursday 6th of August 2020

Traveled from Istanbul to Dubai with plane changed in Kiev, Ukraine on August 5 using US passport. Airline did enforce that passengers had negative PCR test within last 96 hours. Dubai immigration also asked for and kept a copy of the negative results. No one asked about having travel medical insurance, but I had it just in case. Like in Turkey, most everything appears open with everyone walking around with surgical masks.

Kashlee Kucheran

Thursday 6th of August 2020

Hi Tom! GREAT update! Thank you so much for posting, as it's super helpful to hear these stories of people actually crossing borders. Enjoy your trip


Tuesday 28th of July 2020

Today, July 28, all direct flights from Turkey to Dubai and been cancelled until August 15.

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 28th of July 2020

Good to know, thanks tom