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The Middle East, a region that usually sees more than 50 million tourists a year, has just started to reopen its borders once again. 

While some countries in the Middle East are still very much locked down due to worries with the virus, there are a few that have started accepting international tourists, with a few entry requirements, of course. 

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Below we have compiled a list of nations within the Middle East that have reopened for tourism, which countries can visit, and all entry rules. 

Please Note: If a nation is not yet on this list, it is because it's either still closed, or we don't have enough government-backed sources to include it at this time.

This list will be updated once per week. 

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Countries in the Middle East that are Open for Tourism

We are determining what nations are included by Wikipedia's list of territories that are normally considered with the ‘Middle East'

Cyprus 

boats on a bay in cyprus

Cyprus officially reopened for tourism on June 9, 2020. 

Countries Allowed To Visit: See List Below

They have made 3 lists of countries that are permitted entry at this time, each with their own entry requirements, categories A, B and C.

Category A countries can visit without testing and quarantines. Category A nations currently include:

  • Austria
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Lichtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Malta
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland

Category B countries (which include another 21 nations) can still enter, but will need to bring a negative PCR test within 72 hours. 

Category C countries (7 nations) can still enter, but only with both a negative PCR test within 72 hours and a 14-day quarantine. 

See which countries are including on the B and C lists, plus all other information on Cyprus reopening for tourism. 

Dubai (UAE)

dubai open on july 7 for tourism

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

Countries Allowed To Visit: ALL

(We have separated Dubai out of UAE as we only have the information about tourists travelling to Dubai specifically at this time)

Visitors from all nations are welcome, but they will have to:

  • download the Dubai health app
  • have proof of health insurance for the duration of their visit
  • bring a negative PCR test no older than 96 hours 
  • Sign the health declaration form
  • agree to thermal scanning on arrival

As long as travelers are asymptomatic and they follow the above entry requirements, there will be no testing on arrival and no quarantine needed to visit Dubai. 

Read all the information about Dubai Reopening for Tourism 

Egypt

Tourist in front of pyramid in egypt

Egypt reopened for international tourism on July 1, 2020. 

Countries Allowed To Visit: ALL

While they have been very vague about who is allowed and all of their entry requirements, here is what we know so far:

  • All nations appear to be allowed entry.
  • No PCR testing or quarantines seem to be active at this point.
  • Travelers will have to fill out a health declaration card before boarding. 
  • Travelers must show proof of health insurance for the duration of their stay in Egypt. 
  • Arrivals will have their temperatures taken.

Learn more about areas that are welcoming tourists and everything else we currently know about Egypt reopening for tourism. 

Jordan

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Jordan is planning to officially reopen for tourism in August 4, 2020. 

Countries Allowed To Visit: See List Below

The government of Jordan has formed a list of ‘green countries’ that will first be allowed to travel to the country for the purposes of tourism. The list is based on epidemiological risk.

Here are the nations expected to be able to travel to Jordan early August:

  • Austria
  • Canada
  • China
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greenland
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Monaco

The above list is not final and could change before the official reopening.

The green countries will still have to bring a negative PCR test, be tested again on arrival, have proof of health insurance, download a contact tracing app, and have a valid visa!

Read all the details about Jordan's reopening for tourism here

Lebanon

lebanon is open for tourism

Lebanon reopened for tourism on July 1, 2020. 

Countries Allowed To Visit: ALL

It seems as if they are accepting all nations under their normal entry/immigration processes.

Other than making sure you have a valid visa, travelers are divided into 2 categories for entry. The ‘first category’ includes travelers coming from countries where PCR testing is available, the ‘second category’ includes travelers coming from countries where PCR testing is not yet available.

First category travelers will have to bring a negative PCR test with them, no older than 96 hours. Second category travelers will have a PCR test performed at the airport, isolate for results, and another test performed after 72 hours. 

Read more about what is open in the country and everything we know about Lebanon's reopening for tourism 

Turkey

TUrkey flag on back of boat in ocean

Turkey reopened for tourism June 12, 2020. 

Countries Allowed To Visit: ALL

Currently, they are allowing all nations to visit with no mandatory tests or quarantines 

Now that any covid-related travel bans have been lifted, there are still a few entry requirements for tourists entering Turkey:

  • All nations that require an e-visa or stamp visa will obtain one prior to entering Turkey
  • Tourists are required to wear a face-mask during the inbound flight to Turkey, as well as in the airport. Any tourist not wearing a mask will be denied entry.
  • Travelers agree to a health screening and temperature check.
  • Once in Turkey, the wearing of face-masks in public spaces is mandatory for many cities including Ankara and Istanbul.

Read more details and information about Turkey's reopening for tourism 

Disclaimer: The Middle East’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 and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.

Sources: Click on each countries complete guide page for full sources. 

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