Is Dubai safe to visit in 2021(Covid-19)?

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In this article I am going to showcasing the health and safety measures they have implemented to protect guests from Covid-19 and what you need to know before you go.

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Dubai is amazing with all the gleaming structures surrounded by such a glimmering coastline and boasting the world’s tallest skyscraper: the Burj Khalifa.

Everything looks futuristic while merging so many cultures, unique architectural buildings and so many travel spots to visit.

Note: They are currently building a taller construction than Burj Khalifa and it’s being built in Dubai Creek Harbour. That's insane!

Dubai has opened the borders for travelers, therefore, today we put it on our top places to visit in 2021. We actually had it on our bucketlist since Christmas of 2020, when we suddenly changed our minds and headed out to Santa's Village, Rovaniemi.

Won't lie, but this was the best decision we could have ever made, as we would visit that fairyland eleven hundred times and wouldn't get enough of it.

We had a blast out there and we are planning to visit Finland again.

Note: Check this article out and read about Rovaniemi and our amazing experiences we had at Santa's Village.

One year later, paradoxically I would say, fate led us here today in Dubai, with all this pandemic situation and with an entire crazy story behind. We planned this nice vacation a few months before, but for the Bahamas.

Yes! You heard me well: plans were not as we expected, hence we had some issues with our visa and our flight, so we postponed this trip for later and chose another possible and closer destination: Dubai.

We have chosen Dubai as we heard it has gates large opened and we also noticed this was one of the most visited cities within last months.

First, I won't beat around the bush and I would say: Yes, Dubai is safe and ready to be visited!

Here are the measures and restrictions you should know before you go:

1. PCR Tests

  • Negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate

We considered this would be the safer spontaneous decision.

We did some research and we knew we would have needed only a negative COVID‑19 PCR certificate (printed certificate in English or Arabic) taken no more than 72 hours before departure, except for travel from India.

Besides this test, they will take THE SECOND PCR on arrival at their airport.

  • Second COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival at Dubai

The following countries will be required to take another COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival at Dubai International airport:

Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Philippines, Qatar, Romania, Rwanda, Russia, Senegal, Slovakia, Somaliland, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malta, Moldova, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

While waiting for the second test results, you are theoretically quarantined, but you are allowed to visit the surroundings.

We were only limited to some hotel services: we were not allowed to go to the gym/spa/pool.

Note: The waiting time for the second PCR result is about 48hours, but we got ours in 24h.

Also they brought our bed breakfast because it was not allowed to enter the mezzanine.

2. COVID‑19 PCR medical expansions

Emirates has expanded its medical partnerships to offer all passengers exclusive home or office COVID‑19 PCR testing rates:

Al Tadawi Medical Centre which will cost AED 130 per person and the results will be available within 24 hours. Home or office test costs AED 240 per person.

Prime Medical Centres which will cost AED 150 per person and the results will be available within 24 hours. Home or office test costs AED 240 per person.

3. Recommendations for Unvaccinated Travelers

If you are not vaccinated, you should follow the below steps:

  • Before you travel to Dubai, get a PCR test 1-3 days before your trip.
  • During your travel, wear a well-fitting mask over your nose and mouth when in public: trains, buses, hubs, airports, stations. at all times.
  • Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer (with at least 50%alcohol) and avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth or food.
  • Also, respect the social distancing norms (stay at least 2m from anyone you did not travel with, indoors and outdoors).
  • Avoid public transport as much as you can.
  • Avoid restaurants and choose instead food delivery and take-out options.
  • Avoid crowded locations or choose an earlier hour to visit them.

4. Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated Travelers

Being vaccinated doesn't mean it canceles all restrictions for you, as it does not reduce the chances of spreading or getting sick again, hence if you are fully vaccinated with an authorized vaccine or a vaccine authorized by emergency use by the World Health Organization, you should follow the below steps:

  • You did not have to get a PCR test before arriving in Dubai (unless the destination requires it).
  • Also, you won't be asked to be self-quarantined after your arrival to/from your destination.
  • During your travel make sure you follow all airline and destination requirements by wearing a mask over your nose and mouth on planes, public transportation including social distancing.
  • Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer (with at least 50%alcohol) and avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth or food.
  • The UAE is about to create a travel corridor for vaccinated citizens, to facilitate tourism and official purposes.

In conclusion, be just as careful as you would have been if you hadn’t been vaccinated.

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I hope this article was helpful and see you in the next one!

Follow me and don't miss out the upcoming articles about our journey we had in Dubai. You'll be amazed!

Meanwhile, you can have a look on the My holy grail skin care products! article and check out my favorite products I have carried with me in Dubai and more.

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