Traveling to Dubai during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go
Editor’s Note — Coronavirus cases remain high across the globe. Health officials caution that travel increases your chances of getting and spreading the virus. Staying home is the best way to stem transmission. Below is information on what to know if you still plan to travel, last updated on January 6.
(CNN) — If you’re planning a trip to Dubai, here’s what you’ll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the global coronavirus pandemic.
Dubai reopened to visitors from August 1, though all arrivals must have valid health insurance and a negative Covid test.
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.
Who can go
Anyone normally permitted entry to Dubai can visit, even on vacation.
What are the restrictions?
Passengers arriving from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Germany and the UK can opt to take the test on arrival in Dubai, if arriving by air.
Anyone showing symptoms on arrival must quarantine for 14 days at their own expense, unless flying with national carrier Emirates, which will cover costs for its passengers.
What’s the Covid situation?
The UAE has done a startlingly good job of containing the virus, with only 685 deaths recorded as of January 6. However, as in many places, cases have been trending higher in the second wave.
What can visitors expect
Masks are 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.
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Joe Minihane, Julia Buckley and Maureen O’Hare contributed to this report