Is it safe to travel to Dubai now during Covid in 2021?

Since June 28, the UAE has been at the CDC’s ‘high risk’ list – but the situation is very stable and Dubai is considered a safe place to visit.

Therefore, if you are planning to visit the UAE, make sure you are fully vaccinated or follow all restrictions to be safe.

The good news is that over 90% of UAE residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. This significantly lowers the risk of infection.

In addition, hotels, restaurants, cafes and venues can again operate at full capacity. Dubai’s nightlife has also resumed.

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September 12 – No vaccines or tests required to enter Dubai Expo

The Dubai Expo, an event estimated to attract more than 25 million people over six months, will not require proof of vaccination or negative test results from visitors to enter.

Countries like the UK or some states in the US are considering vaccine passports to gain access to major venues. In France, people are required to show proof of vaccination or a negative test when eating out or traveling.

Some public spaces in neighboring Abu Dhabi are restricted to the fully vaccinated population. On the other hand, Dubai has remained virtually free of restrictions since it came out of the blockade more than a year ago.

Masks and social distance will remain at this year’s Expo. There will also be sanitizing stations, robots and wearable technology to help with numerous interactions, such as ticketing or queuing.

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Current status of COVID-19 in Dubai

So far, the UAE has recorded 728,886 COVID-19 infections, of which 2,062 have been fatal.

At the moment there are 6,876 active cases and around 620 new infections daily.

Vaccination progress in the UAE

The United Arab Emirates is the most vaccinated country in the world. To date, it has administered 18,876,969 doses of vaccines. 91% of the population received at least one dose, while 79.7% of emirati were fully vaccinated.

Source: Our world in data

Dubai Entry Requirements

Dubai is open to tourism. Anyone who is normally allowed to enter the Emirates can visit them even now, during the pandemic.

However, all visitors are required to submit a negative PCR test done no later than 72 hours prior to departure or quarantine. Passengers traveling from high-risk countries will be retested on arrival. For the latest information, see our article on reopening Dubai.

What are the security measures in Dubai?

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Even with the rapid launch of the COVID-19 vaccine and previous success in curbing the spread, the UAE is concerned about the new Delta variant.

Residents and visitors are invited to continue social distancing. Masks are also needed at public and private meetings.

Hotels can now operate at full occupancy. Restaurants, cafes and malls are also open.

Why visit Dubai during the COVID-19 crisis

Sun, beaches, luxury hotels, glitzy nightlife and world-class shopping. It’s no wonder that Dubai has become one of the top tourist destinations, especially in the last two decades.

The City of Gold is also home to the tallest building in the world – the Burj Khalifa -, modern architecture and innovative development.

Dubai is about to host Expo 2020, which was postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis. The show starts October 1, 2021 and runs through March 2022. Sound like a plan for an exciting fall trip? Tickets are now on sale.

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