Watch: The first batch of tourists land in Dubai as COVID-19 restrictions ease

Toursits in Dubai on July 7, 2020
The first batch of tourists arrived in Dubai on July 7, 2020.
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Dubai: The first batch of international tourists landed at the airport on July 7, 2020, marking the first day that Dubai is open.

Airports in Dubai were closed since March 26 as UAE authorities implemented strict preventive measures to contain the spread of coronavirus COVID-19.

On its social media accounts, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai posted videos of the first few families to enter Dubai International Airport.

The time stamp of the videos ranged from 12.16 am to 12.20 am, and showed tourists wearing the mandatory mask and gloves as they proceeded through customs.

The Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management had earlier announced that tourists will be required to meet safety standards upon entry, which include:

Tourists should ensure they have a valid health insurance in order to enter the country.

Tourists will need to download the COVID-19 DXB app and register their details on it.

Tourists will need to fill the ‘Health Declaration Form’ before embarking.

Tourists must do a PCR test with a maximum validity of four days (96 hours) ahead of the date of departure. They will be required to show proof of not being infected with the virus upon 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. They are also subject to additional test if suspected to be COVID-19 positive.

If they test positive to COVID-19, they will have to isolate themselves at an institutional facility provided by the government for 14 days at their own expense.

International tourists possessing COVID-19 negative certification will be exempted from having to undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival.

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