Can I travel to Dubai right now? Short answer - Yes. Long answer - there are a few things you should keep in mind before traveling to Dubai. Here's all about the travel restrictions currently implemented in Dubai.
Disclaimer: This blog is updated weekly to the best of our knowledge. For the latest travel advisories, we recommend checking the official government website.
Travel Restrictions in Dubai - An Overview
Dubai reopened its borders to international visitors on 7 July 2020, after a three-month hiatus. All tourists and visitors are required to producea negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours of departure time, and all test results must be presented either in English or Arabic in original, physical form (Digital copies will not be accepted).
Anyone entering Dubai from another country undergo a self-quarantine of 14 days and violating home quarantine is punishable by law in UAE.
Transportation Restrictions in Dubai
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority has updated the public transport schedule in line with new restrictions on movement to limit the spread of Covid-19. In addition to the change in timings, here are the key restrictions in place:
- Masks are compulsory on all modes of transport. Gloves are optional.
- No more than two (2) passengers at a time can travel in a taxi.
- Buses and metros are allowed only a limited number of passengers. A minimum of 1m must be maintained between everyone in the bus at all times.
Eating out in Dubai - Restrictions
- All bars and restaurants in the city are required to stop serving and halt “entertainment activities” at 1 a.m.
- Hotels are mandated to cease providing food and beverage services after 3am, with the exception of delivery and room service.
- Diners at restaurants in the emirate will be limited to eight per table and tables will be places 2 meters apart, or have dividers in between them.
Tourist Attractions that are now open in Dubai
Here are all the tourist landmarks and attractions that are now open in Dubai.
Dubai Travel Protocols
As of October 2020, Dubai's Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management announced a number of changes to the travel protocol for passengers arriving or departing from Dubai.
- Those returning to Dubai from overseas are not required to do a PCR test prior to departure, regardless of the country they are coming from and the time spent there. They will be required to conduct a PCR test on arrival in Dubai.
- Transit passengers from some countries are required to conduct a PCR test prior to departure for Dubai. The pre-travel test is also mandatory for transit passengers if their destination country requires them to do so.
Who Can Visit Dubai Now?
Quarantine Rules in Dubai
Upon arrival in Dubai, a quarantine undertaking form distributed by the Dubai Health Authority is to be filled and submitted. You may need to take another COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival and remain in your hotel or residence until you receive the test result. If the test result is positive, you will be required to undergo isolation and follow the Dubai Health Authority guidelines.
All those arriving from abroad should commit to a home quarantine of 14 days and follow the instructions of the local health authorities. An electronic wristband will be be issued for arrivals and must be worn for 14 straight days. Violating home quarantine procedures would make a person liable to a fine of Dh50,000 as it would expose the lives of others to danger.
The UAE Government also advises quarantining to those who may have been in contact with someone infected with COVID-19. Quarantined people must download the ALHOSN app to monitor their health, follow the directions from the health authorities and contact a doctor if they show symptoms.
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Tips For Staying Safe in Dubai
- The risks of getting COVID-19 are higher in crowded and inadequately ventilated spaces where infected people spend long periods of time together in close proximity. Make sure to maintain a minimum of 2 metres (6 feet) from others at all points.
- Always carry a sanitizer with you and sanitize often.
- Masks are a must, but gloves are optional.
- Avoid public transportation if you can and travel in your own vehicle.
- Avoid greeting people by shaking their hands or hugging or kissing them.
- Outdoor gatherings are safer than indoor ones, so opt for beaches and parks instead of malls and indoor spaces for recreational activities
- If you're planning to visit a landmark or tourist attraction, make sure to check for tickets in advance and book a slot
- A lot of establishments have closed due to the pandemic. It is worth checking over call before heading out there.
- If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately. Call by telephone first, if you can and follow the directions of your local health authority.
- Stay home and self-isolate even with minor symptoms such as cough, headache, mild fever, until you recover.
COVID Travel Resources Dubai
- FAQs about COVID-19- Department of Health - Abu Dhabi
- Government mandated guidelines related to COVID-19
- For latest details, follow these handles on Twitter Dubai Health Authority - @dha_dubai, Ministry of Health and Prevention - @MoHaPUAE, The Department of Economic Development - @Dubai_DED and The Dubai Municipality Twitter @DMunicipality