Dubai to conditionally welcome international tourists from July 7

In the wake of reopening the economy, Dubai has allowed international visitors from July 7.

After a four-month closure pertaining to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the latest move is in lieu with Dubai’s commitment to revive its tourism sector.

In the latest of the steps, Dubai will welcome its guests with a “welcome” passport sticker and coronavirus tests on arrival. The sticker applied to passports at Dubai airport reads, “A warm welcome to your second home”. Dubai International airport has taken precautionary measures to ensure safety of the travellers which involve employees wearing hazmat suits and vending machines offering personal protective equipment.

The measures also involve incoming tourist to present a negative test result of COVID-19 taken within four days of the flight. If not, they can take the test on arrival, but must self-isolate until they receive a clean chit.

October is thought to be the start of the high season for tourism in Dubai. Last year, Dubai welcomed more than 16.7 million visitors last year and unaware of the pandemic, earlier estimated the 2020 travel to reach 20 million arrivals. The travel restrictions put at place to curb the spread of the coronavirus have affected the previously predicted statistics.

Issam Kazim, CEO of the Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said, restarting hospitality by “primarily targeting the domestic market is an important first step in our phased approach towards restoring normalcy in the tourism industry”.

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