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Travelling to Dubai as a Tourist

24 Aug 2020

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.

We’ve put together what you need to know before travelling to Dubai, 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 air carrier, Emirates, is now operating flights to and from more than 70 destinations worldwide making it easier to travel to Dubai.

Do I need a COVID-19 test in Dubai?

All travellers coming to Dubai, or transiting through Dubai airport, must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate to be accepted onto the flight. You must also complete the health declaration form and quarantine undertaking form, and hand over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival.

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.

Do I need to wear a mask?

Yes. Throughout Dubai it is mandatory to wear a face mask whilst in public, and maintain a social distance. There are also thermal scanners and temperature checks in place in malls, theme parks and other public attractions with hand sanitization stations widely available. Each destination 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 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 Dubai.

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

Time to explore!

Once you’ve got your mask and sanitiser, you’re ready to explore the city 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 the world’s largest indoor theme park, IMG World of Adventure, 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!

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 opening at Dubai Investments Park in late 2020. 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, check out Premier Inn’s latest offers with stays from AED 99 across the city.