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Dubai Remains Open for Tourism but Bans All Flights from India

Dubai is open for tourists and visitors from all countries. All arrivals must bring a negative COVID-19 test result and, depending on the country they are coming from, they may need to get re-tested on arrival.

All visitors need to undergo mandatory quarantine but requirements differ depending on Emirate, COVID-19 testing results, and additional guidelines from local governments. 

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a sovereign state in Asia. Tourism is one of the most significant non-oil sources of revenue especially in Dubai, the UAE’s capital city.

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Dubai Reopening – Latest Updates

April 25 – Dubai to banned flights from India due to the new virus strain

The new SARS‑CoV‑2 variant officially known as B.1.617 first detected in India, the one that seems to be responsible for the all-time high spike in infections, has forced Dubai and UAE governments to ban flights and passengers coming from that country. 

As per the new rules, the only way these travelers can be granted access to Dubai is if they can demonstrate they have spent 14 days in other countries prior their arrival in the city. 

Emirates also announced that -departure flights- will continue to operate and the ban will not extend to UAE citizens, diplomatic passport holders and official delegations.

April 9 – Dubai is offering free COVID-19 jabs for remote workers

Dubai has just launched a free COVID-19 vaccination program for remote workers who want to come visit and work from the city. The government aims to both attract high spenders and boost tourism.

While an important number of countries are going through a worrying vaccine shortage, the UAE’s secured vaccines for this, and the years to come. 

In order to be eligible for this scheme, remote workers must make at least $5,000 USD per month.

Read more about this program here.

March 28 – New rules for travelers coming from South Africa and Nigeria

As of today, visitors coming from South Africa and Nigeria will not be allowed to enter the city for any reasons. This new restriction includes passengers who have transit for any of these countries over the last 14 days before travelling to Dubai. 

This rule does not apply for UAE returning nationals or members of diplomatic missions.

Dubai is not offering tourists upon arrival to citizens from all countries. Travelers are advised to check if they need a visa before booking their tickets. 

March 5

Dubai remains open for tourism keeping its position as one of the world’s safest destinations. One of the reasons may be its successful vaccination campaign. Effective March 2, all residents and nationals 16 years and above are eligible to get vaccinated

February 6

There is a travel ban for South Africa-bound flights and for travelers who have visited South Africa recently before their arrival in UAE.

All foreign visitors arriving in UAE are required to bring a negative COVID-19 test result no older than 72 hours before departure. Passengers in transit and children under 12 are exempted. 

For arrivals from UAE’s list of high-risk countries a second test will be required on arrival. 

UAE has made the vaccine available to all residents for free. Vaccination campaigns advance as expected. 

Vaccination rollout

The United Arab Emirates have vaccinated around 8% of their population so far. They expect to increase that percentage to 70%-80% by April-May. 

Is Dubai open for Americans?

Yes it is. Dubai and Abu Dhabi are officially issuing 30-day tourist visas for Americans on arrival. All Americans should present a negative PCR COVID-19 test result and quarantine upon arrival. 

What is the current COVID-19 situation in UAE?

As of April 25, UAE has reported 506,845 COVID cases and 1,567 confirmed deaths caused by the virus.

Oman reopened border with UAE

Oman has reopened its land border with the United Arab Emirates in October and all travelers are allowed to cross borders now. Also, from November 16, UAE started allowing citizens of Oman to cross the border to UAE.

Can American tourists travel to Dubai?

Yes, American tourists and visitors are allowed to enter Dubai and other emirates of UAE. (Source)

What is required to enter Dubai?

  • All visitors must meet the entry visa requirements and have a valid health insurance cover.
  • Tourists must download the COVID-19 DXB app and fill in their details.
  • Travelers must also fill a health declaration form to confirm the absence of COVID- 19 symptoms.
  • Visitors must submit a negative result of a COVID-19 test taken 72/96 hours before departure. 
  • Travelers coming from high-risk countries will be retested on arrival.
  • UAE Residents and citizens are exempted from bringing a negative test but they will be tested on arrival.
  • Travelers coming from South Africa, or who have been to South Africa in the 14 days prior to their arrival in UAE will be denied entry.

The airline will have the right to refuse passengers from boarding if they display any coronavirus symptoms. 

On arrival, visitors will be subjected to thermal screening. In the event they test positive, it will be mandatory to register on the COVID-19 DXB app. Additionally, they will also self-isolate at an approved institution facility for 14 days at their own expense.

Can nationals or residents travel OUTSIDE of (UAE)?

Residents are now allowed to travel outside of the UAE for general purposes. But these are the requirements they need to follow to be granted exit. 

  • Take a negative COVID-19 test result within 96 hours before traveling.
  • Get international health insurance that covers COVID-19.
  • Submit a negative COVID-19 test result before traveling back to the UAE.
  • Undertake quarantine once they are back home.


Tourism in Dubai

Dubai reopening for tourism

Dubai, UAE is officially open for international tourism. All travelers from eligible countries are allowed to visit with strict adherence to the COVID-19 measures stipulated.

The local government expects the tourists to abide by the following rules once they check in Dubai:

  • Frequently washing of hands
  • Use of a face mask at all times
  • Observe physical distance rules
  • Observe all precautionary measures and self-monitoring for Covid-19 symptoms

Beyond the above, the government will continue developing new measures as and when required. Travelers are obliged to act responsibly. It will ensure their safety and that of others.

Dubai reopening restrictions

The city boasts some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. It also has some of the most fantastic tourism attractions. It is a dream city for every traveler.

On safety matters, Dubai is keen to follow all measures and guidelines set to safeguard visitors’ health. Here are some of the reasons to visit Dubai.

  • Experiencing some of the most thrilling skylines in the world
  • Enjoying the unique architecture
  • Skiing in the desert
  • Enjoying a 1,000 Km-stretch of exotic beaches
  • Experiencing and learn diverse cultures
  • Climbing the tallest building in the world

An even more reason travelers should visit Dubai is the tons of discounts offered by airlines and hotels. All this is with a view of boosting the tourism sector. 

Additionally, some airlines like Emirates have launched campaigns meant to keep travelers safe during their trip. There are comprehensive measures at every step of the travelers’ journey. They include distributing hand sanitizer, masks, gloves, and antibacterial wipes to their customers.

To wrap it up, Dubai is a safe city. Visitors can now enjoy the diversity of one of the world’s most buzzing cities. 

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