COVID-19: Dubai eases travel restrictions 

25 Jun 20

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

IMPACT – HIGH

Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management has implemented a procedure for residents wishing to return that differs from the UAE’s federal policy.

Key Points:

  • Dubai Immigration (GDRFA) will process entry requests for residents holding a Dubai-issued visa and will provide an “instant response.”
  • Following approval, the GDRFA issues resident re-entry applicants an Application Number to book a flight to return to Dubai through the Emirates Airline website. As of yet, other airlines have not resumed regular flights to Dubai.
  • Dubai residents returning to the emirate from abroad must also follow strict arrival procedures, including testing, self- or designated-hotel quarantine until the test results are issued (and, if positive, 14-day quarantine), the use of a smartphone tracking app (the COVID-19 DXB), and adherence to the latest protocols in place at the time of arrival. In addition, every passenger entering Dubai must present a complete health declaration form and quarantine undertaking form. Employers who are responsible for an employee’s accommodation that is not suitable for quarantine may be required to arrange alternative suitable accommodation.
  • Dubai residents may now travel to other countries from Dubai. Before departing or returning, they must complete a health declaration form confirming that they have no COVID-19 symptoms.

Additional information: The federal government has announced that it will begin allowing tourist travel to the UAE effective July 7.

Analysis & Comments: The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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