Since June 28, the United Arab Emirates has been on CDC’s ‘high-risk’ list – but the situation is very stable and Dubai is considered a safe place to visit.
Therefore, if you are planning on visiting the U.A.E., make sure you are fully vaccinated or follow all restrictions in order to be safe.
The good news is that more than 90% of the U.A.E. residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine against COVID-19. That significantly decreases the risk of getting infected.
Moreover, hotels, restaurants, cafes, and venues can again operate at full capacity. Dubai’s nightlife has also resumed.
September 12 – No vaccines or tests required to enter Dubai Expo
The Dubai Expo, an event estimated to attract more than 25 million people over six months, will not require proof of vaccinations or negative test results from visitors to enter.
Countries like the U.K. or some states in the U.S. are considering vaccine passports to access large venues. In France, people are required to present proof of vaccination or a negative test result to eat out or travel.
Some public spaces in neighboring Abu Dhabi are restricted only to the fully vaccinated population. On the other hand, Dubai has stayed nearly restriction-free since it came from lockdown more than a year ago.
Masks and social distancing will remain at this year’s Expo. There will also be sanitizing stations, robots, and wearable technology to help with numerous interactions, such as ticketing or queueing.
Current COVID-19 situation in Dubai
So far, the U.A.E. has registered 728,886 COVID-19 infections, 2,062 of which were mortal.
At the moment, there are 6,876 active cases and around 620 new infections daily.
Vaccination progress in UAE
The U.A.E. is the world’s most vaccinated country. Up to date, it has administered 18,876,969 vaccine doses. 91% of the population has received at least one dose, while 79.7% of Emiratis have been fully vaccinated.
Dubai entry requirements
Dubai is open for tourism. Anyone who is normally allowed in the Emirates can visit them even now during the pandemic.
However, all visitors are required to submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before departure or quarantine. Passengers traveling from high-risk countries will be re-tested on arrival. For the latest information, check our article on Dubai reopening.
What are the safety measures in Dubai?
Even for the rapid COVID-19 vaccine rollout and previous success in containing the spread, the U.A.E. is concerned over the new Delta variant.
Residents and visitors are asked to continue social distancing. Masks are also required both in public and private gatherings.
Hotels are now allowed to operate at full occupancy. Restaurants, cafes, and shopping malls are open as well.
Why visit Dubai during the COVID-19 crisis
Sun, beaches, luxury hotels, glitzy nightlife, and world-class shopping. No wonder that Dubai has become one of the top tourist destinations, especially in the past two decades.
The City of Gold is also home to the tallest building in the world – the Burj Khalifa –, modern architecture and innovative development.
Dubai is about to host Expo 2020, which has been postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis. The show starts on October 1, 2021, and will last through March 2022. Does it sound like a plan for an exciting autumn getaway? The tickets are now on sale.