Dubai Will Welcome Tourists From July 7. Here’s What You Need To Know

21 June 2020
DUBAI, Coronavirus, Covid-19, UAE, Travel, Tourism
David Rodrigo
You’ll need to present a recent, negative Covid-19 certificate

After a week of speculation, Dubai will officially open up to tourists again from Tuesday July 7, according to Dubai Media Office.

While the Emirate will be welcoming returning residents from tomorrow (June 22), and residents can begin travelling abroad from Tuesday June 23, it will be just over a fortnight until overseas visitors can enter.

When they do, they will need to adhere to several new and strictly monitored regulations. The first is the presentation of a recent (no less than four days old) negative Covid-19 test result. Failing that they will have to undergo testing at Dubai airport.

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If you are planning on making a trip, here’s what you need to know.

For International Tourists

If you’re coming to Dubai you’ll need to download the COVID-19 DXB app and register your details on it. You’ll need international health insurance before you travel, and will have to fill out a health declaration form, too.

You Need a Negative Coronavirus Test

You’ll need to have tested negative for COVID -19 no longer than four days (96 hours, math fans) before you travel, and will need proof to show at Dubai airport. If not, you’ll be tested here.

If You Test Positive on Arrival

In the unfortunate event that you test positive for the coronavirus, you will have to self-isolate for 14 days at a facility provided by the government, at your own expense. It should go without saying that it's best to be tested before you travel.

You’ll Need to Wear a Mask

Masks must be worn in public, so bear that in mind and bring them with you. They are available to buy in pharmacies and supermarkets but it never hurts to be on the safe side and bring your own. As for gloves, supermarkets have plastic gloves available at their entrances.

Temperature Checks

Temperature checks are compulsory for entry to most places, including supermarkets and malls. Be prepared to have it taken via a thermal scanner pointed at your forehead.


Taxis are limited to a maximum of 3 passengers and are equipped with plastic barriers between the front and back seats.


Hotels are operating social distancing measures at pools and thorough cleaning operations on their premises. Hotel beaches and pools are open, but social distancing should still be observed and is being enforced.