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Dubai is open again

Dubai reopened to visitors on July 7, 2020 following the COVID-19 crisis. In order to enter, you must get a travel insurance with COVID-19 cover or declare that you will bear the costs of treatment and isolation if necessary, before travelling.

From 1 August 2020 all passengers arriving in Dubai from any destination, including transit passengers, must have a negative COVID-19 test certificate to be accepted on the flight. The test must be taken no more than 96 hours before departure. This excludes children below 12 years and passengers who have a moderate or severe disability. Passengers arriving from certain countries will be tested twice.

In Dubai you will need to download the COVID-19 DXB app and register your details.

Fly with Emirates and you will be able to claim medical expenses of up to EUR 150,000 and quarantine costs of EUR 100 per day for 14 days, should you be diagnosed with COVID-19 during your travel. This cover is immediately effective for Emirates customers until the 31 October 2020.

Tourist Visa for entry in Dubai and UAE

As a national of the following countries, you will receive a 90-day non-renewable visa on entry:

Belgium, Croatia, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Poland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia , Spain, Sweden

Citizens of Argentina, the Bahamas, Nauru, the Solomon Islands and South Korea receive a 90-day visa on entry, which is renewable.

Citizens of Andorra, Australia, Brunei, China, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Canada, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Monaco, New Zealand, Russia, San Marino, Singapore, United States and Vatican City receive a 30-day visa upon entry, which is renewable.

Working on a tourist/visit visa is not permitted.

Permitted and duty-exempted items.

The following items  may be brought into the United Arab Emirates duty-free per person over the age of 18:

  • Gifts, value not exceeding AED 3,000
  • 400 cigarettes or up to 50 cigars or up to 500 grams of tobacco
  • 4 liters of alcohol (for non-Muslims only) or 2 boxes of 24-can beer (no more than 355 ml each)
  • Cash, traveler’s cheques, jewelry and precious metals, value not exceeding AED 100,000

If your cash amount or the value of traveler’s cheques is higher, then you must simply declare the amount without paying customs.

However, if the value of your jewelery exceeds the permitted limit, you may have to pay 5% custom duty. It depends on the reason for you bringing it into the country.

For example, if it is your own personal jewelry and you are not bringing commercial quantities into the country, no customs would be incurred. Customs authorities decide on a case-by-case basis.

Items to declare to customs upon arrival in Dubai and UAE

  • Radios, tasers, self-defense equipment, knives and swords
  • Pets and endangered species protected by the CITES Convention (including hides and stuffed animals)
  • Cash (including currencies and travelers checks) exceeding AED 100,000 or its equivalent in other currencies
  • Films, books, photographs, digital storage devices
  • Gifts value over AED 3,000
  • Weapons, ammunition and military equipment
  • Medicines of all kinds
  • Fireworks and explosives
  • Trees, plants and soil
  • All classified narcotics

Prohibited items on entry into Dubai and UAE

  • All drugs, such as hashish, cocaine, heroin etc.
  • Pornographic content
  • Ivory and Rhinoceros horn
  • Radioactive substances
  • Used tires
  • Goods from boycotted countries
  • Three layers fishing nets
  • Gambling tools
  • Forged money
  • Cooked, homemade food

Travelers to UAE and transit passengers have to carry a valid medical prescription from the country of origin. Travelers coming in with controlled medicines or prescribed medicines beyond the quantity required for their personal use can face punitive action.