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Travelling to Dubai and Abu Dhabi this summer

27 May 2021

Can I go to Dubai? Yes, Dubai is open to holiday makers and business travellers from around the world! While things may look a little different when you arrive in Dubai, you can still explore the emirate with a relaxing break, or catch up with colleagues in the city.

What about arriving in Abu Dhabi? The capital of the UAE is gradually re-opening to tourists through 2021. Currently, new arrivals are required to quarantine for 10 days, with exemptions in place for Green List countries. There will be more updates on arrival procedures from 1 July 2021.

We’ve put together what you need to know before travelling to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, to make for a hassle-free trip to the Middle East.

Information shared in this blog was deemed correct at the time of publication, but may have changed since.

Travel Requirements

In a fast-paced post-pandemic world, countries are still adjusting their travel requirements. Entry to Dubai and travel restrictions can depend on your country of origin, so it is best to check your government’s foreign travel advice.

You can find the latest information for tourists coming to Dubai at Visit Dubai, which is updated regularly. The national carrier, Emirates, is now operating flights to and from more than 70 destinations worldwide making it easier to travel to Dubai.

Touching down in Abu Dhabi? Check out the advice from Visit Abu Dhabi for arrivals into the capital city.

Do I need a COVID-19 test in Dubai?

All travellers arriving in Dubai, or transiting through Dubai airport, must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate in English or Arabic only.

In some circumstances, you may need to take a COVID-19 test on arrival at Dubai Airport, and quarantine until your result is received. It is recommended to check travel advice with your government and airline before departure.

Similarly if you’re arriving in Abu Dhabi, a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test is required, and ensure you meet the visa requirements to visit the UAE.

In addition, all arrivals into Abu Dhabi will be given a PCR test at the airport. Green List travellers will not need to isolate upon receiving a negative result. Travellers from other countries will be required to self-isolate for 10 days.

All travellers arriving in Abu Dhabi will need to take a PCR test on day six for those staying six days or more, and on day 12 for those staying 12 days or more. Check the advice from Visit Abu Dhabi on a regular basis if travelling.

Do I need to wear a mask?

Yes. Throughout Dubai and Abu Dhabi it is mandatory to wear a face mask whilst in public, and maintain a social distance. Regular hand washing is advised, along with the use of hand sanitiser which is readily available at public venues across the city. Temperature checks are also required at venues in Abu Dhabi.

Each venue will provide guidance on what they are doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Are hotels in Dubai safe?

Hotels and accommodation in Dubai and Abu Dhabi have strict measures in place to protect guests and team members. From keeping a social distance with protective screens to increased cleaning of high touch points, hotels are ensuring guests are safe, but can still enjoy their stay in the United Arab Emirates.

At Premier Inn, CleanProtect is our enhanced hygiene promise to all our guests to ensure you can stay with confidence in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Time to explore!

Once you’ve got your mask and sanitiser, you’re ready to explore the Emirates at a social distance! Restaurants, bars and cafes are ready for you to enjoy a taste of Arabia with amazing views from atop of the world’s tallest building, or dine beside the seaside on Palm Jumeirah.

Dubai is not short of activities for the young and old! Feel the adrenalin rush at Dubai Parks and Resorts, spend the day soaking up the sun at Jumeirah beach, or take in a leisurely view onboard City Sightseeing Dubai open-top bus tours. Dubai is open for you!

In Abu Dhabi? Head to the coastline and embrace the Emirates beautiful beaches. When it gets too hot to handle, head indoors to the malls and theme parks. Yas Island is the perfect summer destination in Abu Dhabi, with waterparks, rollercoasters, restaurants and more.

Seal the deal

Whilst we’ve seen a lot of our colleagues through video calls, and group chats – there’s nothing like getting boots on the ground and reviewing projects in person. There are still some restrictions on international travel, but when you get here doing business is simple.

You can get a taxi to your meeting, or ride the metro with a new station open at Dubai Investments Park. Just remember, keep a social distance and seal the deal with a thumbs up rather than a handshake! And with free WiFi throughout Premier Inn hotels, you can still keep in touch with colleagues around the world during your stay.

If you’re looking for a great value stay for your next trip to Dubai or Abu Dhabi, check out Premier Inn’s latest offers and save 20% on our Flex rate when you book as a Premier Inn Member this summer.