From last six months, Dubai started reopening its borders to international visitors, Dubai has committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of its residents and visitors while preparing with a new passion to welcome visitors from all over the world. The Dubai govt is believing to take steps to build on the strategic initiative for the reopening of the city to welcome tourists and to facilitate the visitors by maintaining health and safety protocols.
The current situation in the UAE.
In the mid of January 2021, the official tally has reported a total of 26423 in the whole of UAE, with no exact figures available specifically for Dubai. Dubai relies heavily on tourism and welcomed 16.73 million visitors last year contributing over Dh150 billion to the local economy.
Are there any quarantine measures put in place?
According to the recent circular issued by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) the quarantine is required to the residents and visitors who have come into close contact with COVID-19 patients in Dubai to undergo a 10-day home quarantine, even those residents and visitors have not any specific symptoms. The further details are mentioned in the circular are for those who had close contact with infected people from two meters for more than 15 minutes.
The 10-day isolation period should commence on the day in which close contact was made. Should symptoms develop during the isolation period, a COVID-19 test must be taken to ascertain their health status. DHA has also elaborated on a specific shortened quarantine period for certain categories of COVID cases. The initial 14-day period is reduced to 10 days for cases that did not develop any symptoms since testing positive. This also applies to patients who have made a full recovery.
Are there airlines flying to Dubai now?
Currently, there are several international flight schedules in operation to and from Dubai from November 2020. Emirates Airlines has resumed scheduled operations at DXB Terminal 3, with all other airlines operating from either Terminal 2 or Terminal 3 according to the confirmation of an official website. Dubai International Airport has seen international departures and arrivals since 7 July 2020.
Emirates has also started adding more routes to its flight schedules. As of 26 October 2020, the airline has stated that it will be serving flights to and from Dubai to over 130 destinations, including existing flights to Amsterdam, Amman, Athens, Auckland, Barcelona, Bahrain, Beirut, Brisbane, Brussels, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Casablanca, Chicago, Colombo, Copenhagen, Dhaka, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, Glasgow, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Islamabad, Istanbul, Jakarta, Kabul, Karachi, Khartoum, Kuala Lumpur, Lahore, Larnaca, Lisbon, London Heathrow, Los Angeles, Madrid, Malé, Manchester, Manila, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Tokyo Narita, New York JFK, Osaka, Oslo, Paris, Perth, Porto, Riyadh, Rome, Seoul, Seychelles, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, Taipei, Tehran, Tunis, Toronto, Vienna, Washington DC, Zurich and more. The transits through the Dubai hub are also resumed.
International Visitors are allowed to fly to Dubai now?
The first batch of international visitors has landed at Dubai International airport on Tuesday, 7th of July 2020. The first international visitors to had been granted entry to Dubai were inbound from cities such as London, Cairo, and Amsterdam. There are some requirements for international visitors and residences like for Dubai residence it depends on the type of UAE visa you need to apply to either the ICA or GDRFA, for approval to return. The following entry rules apply to UAE residents traveling from these countries: Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives Islands, Mauritius, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States.
Emirates offers a host of special fares for international travelers for those who made the booking by January 3rd and automatic multi-risk travel insurance coverage with every flight including cover for Covid-19 medical and in-trip quarantine costs extended for flights until the end of January. Dubai Tourism and Emirates have partnered to offer all the visitors who those already traveled to Dubai they have an opportunity to extend their trip till 31st of with fees for date changes waived on flights when issued in the same travel class as well as tourist visas for all nationalities will be extended for one month free of charge.
Is it the right time for Visitors to explore Dubai?
Definitely, it’s a time for visitors to explore the attractions in Dubai. In January temperatures hovering in the mid-20s, Dubai’s beaches are perfect for those seeking winter sun as the temperature is almost 20s from the mid of January 2021 .for family escapes there are many watersports in Dubai consists of kite surfaces, windsurfers, and bodyboarders, Dubai has a beach for everyone.
For those who are fond of shopping, there are shopping malls and shopping destinations. There is also a chance to get a huge discount as Dubai Shopping Festival is at its peak and will be until January 30th. Dubai has announced the new virtual working program now is the time to work from one of the world’s most connected cities.