Fully vaccinated travelers no longer need to present a negative PCR test to travel to Dubai. The entry restrictions were further loosened on 26th February.
Unvaccinated travelers can still travel to Dubai but must show a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of depature.
Some travellers may also be asked to take a further test upon arrival, and those asked to do so must quarantine until a negative result is returned. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from testing requirements.
The new guidelines are said to be part of the UAE’s ongoing efforts “to achieve sustainable recovery while maintaining public health and safety against the background of the continuation of various activities and return to normalcy nationwide.”
Along those lines, authorities also approved the return of pre-pandemic time intervals between prayer calls and the iqamah, the call for worshippers to pray. Noble Qur’an books can return to mosques in a limited number, with the stipulation that they are sterilized after each prayer. The current mandated distance of one meter (three feet) between worshippers in mosques and places of worship will remain in place.
All sports activities may resume as well, and physical distancing requirements in public places and restaurants are also being lifted. Masks remain mandatory in public indoor spaces, but optional outdoors. The UAE is also doing away with quarantine requirements for people who have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19. The person exposed must take a PCR test daily for five straight days.