Travelers must present documentation of a negative COVID-19 test, or undergo testing at a Dubai airport, upon arrival.



Dubai will allow international travelers to enter starting on July 7.

According to a press release shared by the government on Sunday, international arrivals will be required to present the documentation of a negative COVID-19 test, taken within four days of departure, or undergo testing at a Dubai airport.

Travelers from abroad will also have to download Dubai’s COVID-19 DXB app and register their details before arrival to facilitate, “easy coordination and communication with health authorities if they experience COVID-19 symptoms."

Passengers of an Emirates airlines flight
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Travelers must also fill out a “Health Declaration Form” before boarding their flight to Dubai, which ensures they have valid health insurance before entering. All arrivals are subject to thermal screenings. But unlike other countries like Cyprus who will cover costs of coronavirus isolation, travelers who test positive for coronavirus in Dubai will be required to isolate at “an institutional facility provided by the government for 14 days at their own expense,” according to the press release.

Those who are deemed healthy enough to enter Dubai will be required to wear face masks at all times when in public and obey social distancing rules.

Citizens and residents of Dubai, who have not been permitted to go abroad during the pandemic, will once again be permitted to travel overseas, starting June 23.

As Dubai reopens, home airline Emirates is ramping up to bring back its operations. Last month, the airline resumed operations at a smaller scale and with enhanced cleaning protocol. Onboard every Emirates flight longer than 1.5 hours, there is a cabin crew member whose sole job is to clean and disinfect the bathrooms every 45 minutes.

“We are confident that the multi-layered measures that have been put in place in the air, on the ground, and throughout our city, enables us to mitigate risks of infection spread and manage any required response effectively,” Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates Chairman and Chief Executive said in a press release Monday. “We believe that cities around the world are conducting ongoing reviews and will soon follow suit to update their border entry requirements for international travelers.”

Last month, Dubai began its reopening, allowing businesses like cinemas, gyms, and education centers to resume operations.

Due to the global pandemic, Dubai pushed back the dates of the 2020 World Expo. Dubai 2020 will now take place from October 1, 2021.