Tourism: Dubai tightens entry rules for foreign tourists, exempts UK citizens


With the outbreak of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic and its determination to contain any spread in the country, Dubai officials has announced that the emirate is changing its entry rules for foreign citizens.

According to, upon arrival in Dubai, tourists must present negative results of a PCR test for COVID-19, made 72 hours before the trip. Previously, the test was considered valid for four days.

Also, arriving passengers, as before, are required to install a special mobile application on their phone to determine their location and well-being.

In addition, foreign citizens who have arrived in Dubai need to take a second test for COVID-19, and until the results are known, they need to be quarantined in a hotel or apartment. If the test is positive, then the tourist will be in self-isolation for at least ten days.

The new requirements apply to all foreign nationals except UK citizens.

The new rules will go into effect on January 31, 2021.


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