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by Tesoro Events & Travel

December 19, 2020

#travelgrams: dubai travel update

You know how much we love transparency, so we’re not going to lie: traveling during a pandemic ain’t easy but it ain’t impossible. 

Dubai has opened its doors to travelers from all around the world again, and since we’ve been receiving a lot of questions about this recently, we thought to give you a little update on what it’s like for visitors in Dubai at the moment… 

Photo Credit: Reinhart Julian


  • Check if you need a visa. Depending on your nationality, you can get a visa on arrival, or apply for a prearranged visa from Dubai Immigration before you travel. 
  • Ensure you check your country’s requirements before you leave (we can’t stress this enough as rules & regulations are changing frequently!)
  • For travelers from most countries, (an extensive list can be found on emirates.com) including EU states, you must present a valid NEGATIVE COVID-19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 96 hours before departure 
  • The certificate must be for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Other test certificates including antibody tests and home testing kits are not accepted in Dubai 
  • If you are taking a test before you depart, you must bring an official, printed certificate in English or Arabic to check-in. N.B. SMS and digital certificates are not accepted! 
  • You may need to take another COVID-19 PCR test on arrival. If you take the test at the airport, you must remain in your hotel or residence until you receive a NEGATIVE test result 
  • If the test result is POSITIVE, you will be required to undergo isolation and follow the Dubai Health Authority guidelines 
  • Passengers will need to do PCR tests only if it is mandated by the country they are traveling to 
  • Dubai has many health facilities (including clinics, drive-through test centers, test stations in malls, etc.) offering PCR tests. You can expect to receive your test results within 24-48 hours and need to factor the additional time in before traveling

N.B.: Please check the requirements of the country you are traveling to. The travel regulations change frequently. You may need to take a COVID-19 PCR test before you depart or another particular type of COVID-19 test specific to your destination! 


  • You must wear a mask on board the airplane, and in every public place in Dubai or face a fine of AED 3,000 (EUR 670). This includes taxis (currently only allowing 2 passengers, unless it’s a minivan hailed via airport ground staff or the Careem app, and on Dubai Metro) 
  • Two-meter social distancing is applied in all public places, including theme parks, restaurants, malls, etc. 
  • Sanitizer dispensers can be found everywhere and everyone is expected to use them
  • Restaurants have spaced out tables and placed protective shields in-between to guarantee a high level of safety 
  • Temperature guns, and oftentimes also thermal body scanner checks, are used at all entrances (hotels, office buildings, malls) 
  • Hotels follow mandated procedures including regular sterilization procedures 
  • Luggage is often spray-sanitized on entry and some hotels operate walk-through sanitizer tunnels 
  • Many hotels opt for sealed towels at the pool/beach facilities and lifeguards as well as security personnel police social distancing to avoid overcrowding 
  • Rooms are frequently cleaned and sanitized
The “new normal”


We are extremely blessed to experience such extensive health and safety measures in Dubai. 

If you… 

  • check your country’s regulations before you leave 
  • follow the rules on board and when you’re in town
  • wear your mask (the right way!!!!!)
  • wash your hands/use sanitizer often
  • observe social distancing

…you will certainly enjoy a jolly good time in one of the few destinations welcoming tourists from (almost) all around the world. 

And let’s face it, who doesn’t crave a beach-side getaway after the year we’ve had?! 

We can’t wait to welcome you again soon! 🙂

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