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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
- Toronto on Emirates
- Los Angeles on Emirates
- Chicago on Emirates
- New York on Emirates
- Washington on Emirates
- 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.
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:
- Four Seasons Jumeirah beach
- Mandarin Oriental
- Raffles Dubai
- Caesars Palace Bluewaters
- Bulgari Resort Dubai
- Grand Plaza Movenpick
- Burj Khalifa
- JA The Resort
- Atlantis – The Palm
- Jumeirah Hotel
- Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
- Al Maha Luxury Collection
- Le Meridien Dubai
- JW Marriott Marquis
- The Ritz Carlton
- Waldorf Astoria
- Taj Dubai
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.
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.
Originally published June 22 with updates