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…
TRAVELING TO/FROM DUBAI
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!
THE SITUATION IN DUBAI
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
We are extremely blessed to experience such extensive health and safety measures in Dubai.
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?!