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Monday, 22 June, 2020, 10 : 48 AM [IST]

Dubai issues guidelines to resume tourist travel from July 7

Dubai will allow residents to travel overseas from Tuesday and welcome back tourists from July 7, reports The National. Dubai's Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management announced measures on Sunday night to allow citizens and expatriates to travel abroad and for tourists to visit the emirate.

It said more Dubai residents, who were stuck overseas when the borders closed on March 19, would begin to return home from Monday.

Officials outlined plans to allow people to travel to any foreign destination from June 23, as long as to the country to which they are travelling agreed to receive them.

The committee also revealed that Dubai will begin to welcome back visitors and tourists from July 7.

Residents holding Dubai-issued visas are allowed to return to the emirate from Monday by booking flights on any airline. But they must obtain an approval co-ordinated between Dubai's General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs and the airline. They must fill in a health declaration form before their journey to confirm they do not have Covid-19 symptoms. The airline has the right to refuse any passengers displaying symptoms of the virus to board.

On arrival at Dubai airports, all residents will have to undergo a Covid-19 screening test. Residents should register their complete details in the Covid-19 DXB smart app available online on arrival, before leaving the terminal.

Residents entering Dubai should not leave their house until they receive their test result. If they test positive, they will have to isolate themselves for 14 days.

"Residents sharing homes or living in high-density housing will be isolated at an institutional facility if they test positive," the committee said.

"The resident’s employer should make arrangements for the isolation facility in accordance with guidelines approved by the Covid-19 Command and Control Centre, or bear the costs of a paid isolation facility provided by the government."

There will be no restrictions on the overseas destinations to which citizens and residents can travel from Tuesday.

But they must comply with guidelines and protocols followed in the countries to which they are travelling. They are also required to fill in a health declaration form before flying to confirm they do not have any symptoms.

Again, the airline has the right to refuse boarding if travellers display any symptoms.

International tourists flying to Dubai must ensure they meet all requirements for entry to the UAE.

They must download the Covid-19 DXB app and register their details and fill in the health declaration form. They must have valid health insurance.
Tourists must have a PCR Covid-19 test with a maximum validity of four days ahead of departure.

They will be required to show proof of not being infected with the virus on arrival at Dubai airports.

If they cannot provide proof, they will undergo a PCR test at the airport.

"All arrivals will be subject to thermal screenings," the committee said.

"If a traveller is suspected to have Covid-19 symptoms, Dubai airports have the right to retest to ensure the tourist is free of the virus." (Source: The National)

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