The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone’s life globally for more than a year now. Despite drastic measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 like country-wide lockdowns it has managed to spread from America, Europe, and Asia and sent the world’s major economies tumbling down.
A year has passed and as we learn more and more about COVID-19 we know more about how to prevent its spread and cure the sick. One of the best ways to spread the risk is to minimize contact with other people and follow health protocols mandated by the Government.
Safety Protocols When Traveling to the UAE
The United Arab Emirates Supreme Council for National Security in National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority imposed Self-Quarantine Guidelines for Arrivals in the UAE. New Arrivals are instructed to commit to a home quarantine period of 14 days and follow the instructions of relevant authorities. Violating home quarantine procedures, and exposing the lives of others to danger shall be punishable by law.
The Self-Quarantine Instructions provide a comprehensive guide on safety protocols for new arrivals. New arrivals are advised to stay at home and do not invite visitors or allow them to enter the house during the quarantine period. New arrivals are advised to stay at home and do not go to work, school, or public areas, and refrain from using public transport and taxis.
To minimize contact incase of delivery, delivery men are advised to leave the items outside the house during delivery.
Before You Travel
On the latest update on February 4, Dubai is open to tourists but must secure the right paperwork and requirements before being allowed entry into the country. All passengers arriving into Dubai from any point of origin (GCC countries included) must hold a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate for a test no more than 72 hours before departure.
- UAE nationals are exempt from the above but will be required to take a COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival at Dubai airport.
- Children under the age of 12 and passengers who have a moderate or severe disability are exempt from the COVID‑19 PCR test
- Passengers arriving in Dubai from the below countries will be required to take another COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival at Dubai International airport.
- Passengers transiting through Dubai from the below countries are required to present a negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure, as well as to follow any requirements mandated by their final destination.
Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Rwanda, Russia, Senegal, Slovakia, Somaliland, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Passengers transiting through Dubai from all other countries do not need a COVID‑19 PCR test unless required by their final destination.
Children under the age of 12 and passengers who have a moderate or severe disability are exempt from this test. There may be specific test exemptions in your country of origin and final destination. Please check the requirements before you travel.
COVID‑19 testing laboratories
The UAE government has specified designated laboratories. You can either use the recommended laboratories in the list or any trusted and certified laboratories in your country of origin to get your COVID‑19 PCR test. If you are flying from India, Pakistan, Nigeria, or Bangladesh, you must get your certificate from one of the labs listed in the designated laboratories document to be accepted on the flight.
When you arrive
- You may need to take another COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival. If you take a test at the airport, you must remain in your hotel or residence until you receive the test result.
- If the test result is positive, you will be required to undergo isolation and follow the Dubai Health Authority guidelines.
- You must also download the COVID19 – DXB Smart App iOS‑Android
Maintaining Personal Hygiene
Always wear an N95 facemask to help protect yourself and others from COVID-19 and follow social distancing by avoiding crowds and staying at least 2 meters away from anyone.
Everyone is advised to regularly wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, avoid touching the eyes, nose, and mouth. Most importantly to cover the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and disposing of the tissue in a sealed plastic bag.
New arrivals are advised to monitor symptoms and seek medical attention when needed.
- Difficulties in Breathing
- High Fever
- Sore Throat
Who to Call in an Emergency
- Ministry of Health and Prevention: 800358
- Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre: 056 2312171
- Dubai Health Authority: 800342
- Estijaba: 8001717
eZhire fully supports the Government’s efforts in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and we follow all the necessary protocols to ensure the safety of our customers and employees at all times. We suggest that you coordinate with your Local Government before traveling to the United Arab Emirates to secure the necessary test, paperwork, and insurance.
We recommend that you check back daily for the latest information about COVID-19 to keep yourself updated with the latest travel requirements and safety protocols.
Minimizing Exposure Through Renting a Car
One of the best ways of minimizing the risk of exposure to COVID -19 is to avoid going out of your home unless it is absolutely necessary. If you have no option but to go out of the house then we recommend using your own rental car than taking public transportation.
Prebook Your Car Rental
Prebook your car rental through our eZhire app that is available for both Android and Apple Devices and have your car rental waiting for you when you arrive, saving you time, skipping long queues, and minimizing your exposure. We Provide Direct Delivery and Pick-up to Minimize Exposure
We provide 24 hours delivery and pick up of your car rental to the address of your choice to avoid crowded areas.
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