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The Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management of the government of Dubai announced that they will be opening their doors to visitors and tourists from overseas beginning July 7, 2020. This of course comes with safety protocols and guidelines for international tourists.
Guidelines for International Tourists
The Official Dubai Tourism and Visitor Information Guide outlines the requirements and procedures for visitors to Dubai:
- Fulfil entry visa requirements to visit the UAE.
- Ensure you have medical travel insurance before traveling. If you do not have international coverage, you will need to sign a declaration to bear all costs of quarantine and treatment and complete the Health Declaration Form before departure to ensure you have no COVID-19 symptoms.
- Register all their details in the COVID-19 DXB app.
Procedures from Departure Destination
- Take a PCR test a maximum of four days (96 hours) before departure. If this hasn’t been done, a PCR test is carried out upon arrival at Dubai airports.
- Complete Health Declaration Form before departing.
- Airlines have the right to deny travelers if they display any symptoms of COVID-19.
Procedures upon arrival at Dubai airports
- Have your temperature taken with thermal screening devices.
- If you do not carry a valid PCR test result, take the test upon arrival.
- The PCR test can be repeated for tourists who had tested negative before departing but display COVID-19 symptoms.
Procedures for leaving Dubai airports
- You are required to download the COVID-19 DBX app.
- 14-day quarantine imposed for all positive COVID-19 cases at the patient’s expense.
- Compliance with all precautionary measures applied in Dubai (wearing masks, maintaining 2m social distance and washing hands regularly).
For tourists testing positive for COVID-19
- Strict compliance with the procedures set out for positive cases by the COVID-19 Command and Control Centre, including institutional quarantine, home quarantine or hospitalization.
Before making plans, make sure to check your country’s travel advisories regarding outbound trips and your airline for flight status updates. Note that Filipinos are required to obtain a visa prior to traveling to Dubai.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Committee also stated that there will be no restrictions on the overseas destinations that their citizens and residents can travel to but added that they must comply with the guidelines of their destination. Citizens and residents are likewise required to fill out the Health Declaration Form before leaving. Upon their return, they will also have to undergo a PCR test at the airport, register their details on the COVID-19 DXB app and stay home until test results are available.
You can download more comprehensive guidelines for tourists, citizens and returning residents here.