Touring to Dubai throughout Covid-19: What you must know earlier than you go
Editor’s Note – CNN Travel updates this article regularly. It was last fully updated on October 22nd.
(CNN) – When planning a trip to Dubai, here are some things to know and expect if you plan to visit during the global coronavirus pandemic.
Dubai has reopened to visitors from August 1st, although all arrivals must have valid health insurance and a negative Covid test.
What’s on offer?
Sun, shopping and some of the best hotels in the world – people come to Dubai to get away from it all. From incredible modern architecture to shiny beaches and upscale restaurants and hotels, this is a stylish mix of city and beach vacation.
Who can go
Anyone who is normally allowed to enter Dubai can visit it while on vacation.
What are the limitations
All visitors must have health insurance and a negative PCR test performed by a nationally recognized body within the last 96 hours. You have to show the certificate at check-in, fill out a health declaration form before starting your journey and register in the COVID-19 DXB app.
Anyone who shows symptoms on arrival must be quarantined for 14 days at their own expense, unless they are flying with the national airline Emirates, which pays for their passengers.
Note that the air border with neighboring Abu Dhabi is not yet open.
How is the Covid situation?
The UAE has done an amazingly good job of containing the virus, with only 474 deaths. As in many places, however, cases tend to be higher – 1,538 new cases were recorded on October 17.
What can visitors expect
Masks are mandatory, as is a social distance of 2 meters. You must wear a mask outside unless you exercise, eat or drink, sit in the car with your family, or are alone.