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Traveling to Dubai during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go

CNN Travel StaffUpdated 20th July 2021
Dubai has done startlingly well at keeping the virus in check.
Editor's Note — Coronavirus cases are in flux across the globe. Health officials caution that staying home is the best way to stem transmission until you're fully vaccinated. Below is information on what to know if you still plan to travel, last updated on July 19.
(CNN) — If you're planning to travel to Dubai, here's what you'll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The basics

Dubai reopened to visitors in August 2020, though all arrivals must have valid health insurance and a negative Covid test.
Dubai International Airport, which in 2019 was the world's busiest airport for international passengers, reopened its main Terminal One on June 23, after being closed for 15 months.

What's on offer

Sun, shopping and some of the world's best hotels -- people come to Dubai to get away from it all. From incredible modern architecture to glossy beaches and high-end restaurants and hotels, this is a stylish blend of a city and beach break.
Tickets for Expo 2020 Dubai will go on sale worldwide on July 18. The extravaganza, featuring pavilions from around the world showcasing architectural and technological innovation, was delayed by Covid-19 and will now run from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022.

Who can go

Anyone normally permitted entry to Dubai can visit, even on vacation.

What are the restrictions?

The UAE has opened up quarantine-free travel corridors for the fully vaccinated with the Seychelles, Bahrain, Serbia, Italy and Greece.
All passengers arriving into Dubai must present a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before departure.
Visitors from more than 50 countries, including Argentina, Ghana and Morocco, must take an additional test on arrival.
There are separate travel requirements for visitors from the following countries:
• Afghanistan and Indonesia
• Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
• South Africa and Nigeria
• Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia
And there are also separate requirements for travelers going from Dubai to Abu Dhabi. Full requirements can be found on the Emirates website.
Emirates has suspended UAE-bound flights from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka until July 25 and Nigeria and South Africa until July 31.

What's the Covid situation?

On June 28, the US raised its travel warning for the United Arab Emirates to its highest level -- advising its citizens not to travel -- due to a recent rise in Covid cases. The country also remains on the UK's "red list" and Saudi Arabia has temporarily suspended flights to the UAE.
As of July 19, the UAE has recorded 1,898 deaths related to Covid-19, with 10,758 new cases being recorded in the past week. However, its vaccination roll-out has been swift. Close to 70% of the population is now fully vaccinated.

What can visitors expect

Mask-wearing is compulsory, as is keeping a two-meter social distance. Outside, you must wear a mask unless exercising, eating or drinking, in a car with your family or if you're alone.
Hotels are now allowed to be fully occupied and live entertainment and activities is permitted in restaurants, cafés and shopping malls.

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