dubai reopening borders

Dubai is open for tourism and requires 1 or 2 PCR tests from all visitors

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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.

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

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. 

December 5 – How safe is it to visit Dubai during COVID-19?

The CDC ranks the whole UAE as one of the places with very high levels of coronavirus infections (level 4). But it does not mean that all UAE territories are going through the same difficult times. (

Consult with your embassy before traveling since Dubai is on the territories that has managed to keep its figures low.


  • As of today, all tourist visas are being issued in all Emirates.
  • Travelers are now allowed to travel to Abu Dhabi by road. Those are requested to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test or negative laser blood test taken within 48 hours before crossing the border. 
  • The country has updated its exit restrictions for residents (see full information below).

Is Dubai open for tourism?

Yes, UAE and Dubai are officially open for tourism since July 7th with few travel restrictions and entry requirements.

What is the current COVID-19 situation in UAE?

As of February 6, UAE has reported 323,402 COVID cases and 914 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. (Source:

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 for entry in 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.
  • If you are an international tourist, you must submit a negative result of a COVID-19 test taken 72 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 you from boarding if you display any coronavirus symptoms. You will also be required to show proof of not having been infected with the virus. Failure to do so, you will undergo a PCR test at the relevant airport.

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

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 you 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 you are back home.


UAE response to COVID-19

The country’s COVID-19 preventive measures have elevated it as one of the world’s safest countries. The UAE has been ranked number three in testing per million of its population. Since the emergence of coronavirus, UAE responded appropriately by:

Aid and repatriation

The country arranged repatriation flights for all stranded citizens wishing to return to the country. One of UAE’s convention centers, ExCel London, was converted into a coronavirus hospital.


To cub the virus, the government announced a night curfew to pave the way for general disinfection on March 26. On April 4, the government imposed a 24-hour curfew. The government lifted the curfew on June 24.


In a bid to stop the deadly virus, the government closed malls and other shopping centers for two weeks. Restaurants were restricted to delivery services only. On March 25, the government suspended passenger flights. Only cargo flights delivering essential goods continued to operate.

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 your health and that of your loved ones. You remain our top priority from the time you arrive at the airport. Whether you intend to go shopping, visit a water park, or have a relaxing day at the beach, your well-being is of priority.

We can talk a lot about why you should visit Dubai but here are some of the reasons:

  • To experience some of the most thrilling skylines in the world
  • To enjoy the unique architecture
  • To ski in the desert
  • To enjoy a 1,000 Km-stretch of exotic beaches
  • To experience and learn diverse cultures
  • To climb the tallest building in the world

An even more reason you should visit Dubai is the tons of discounts offered by airlines and hotels. All this is with a view of boosting the tourism sector. It is the opportune time to take advantage of these discounts to plan your vacation in Dubai.

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 safe for your travel. As a traveler, you can now enjoy the diversity of one of the world’s most buzzing cities. Whether a first-timer or a regular visitor, Dubai always assures a unique and thrilling experience.

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