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    Travelling Amid COVID: Guidelines and Tips

    Since the start of March 2020, travellers are facing the uncertainty of moving around the world. It is because the COVID situation in different parts of the world is not the same. Some countries have high numbers of patients while some countries are doing quite well to control the pandemic. Although, many countries have revised their traveling rules and guidelines to avoid the spread of the deadly Coronavirus. 

    The list of countries where people can go or not is changing a lot. Some countries like UAE, etc. are quite strict when it comes to following the traveling rules. The situation was quite an in control but winters are adding new complications again in many areas. The situation will still remain uncertain but for now, many countries are accepting new travellers. But the rules of arriving and departing are updated for Dubai residents and tourists. 

    Travel Guidelines

    The updated guidelines have been issued for the people traveling to and from UAE. The guideline’s purpose is to ease the passengers and control the COVID pandemic somehow without compromising precautions. Also, make sure to book the car on a monthly rent a car basis if you are going to stay in Dubai for a month or so. 

    Traveling to Dubai 

    Dubai residents don’t have to conduct any PCR before departure. They just have to undergo the test when they arrive in Dubai. But the returning residents of Dubai and other foreign travelers have to go for PCR test else they can’t leave the airport.

    The residents of UAE that are coming back from certain countries have the option to present a test report taken 96 hours before the trip. Or they can also take the test on arrival to show it to the relevant departments. This condition only applies if the residents are coming back from the following countries. 

    Azerbaijan, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Mauritius, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, and Maldives Islands. 

    But, if the residents are coming from other countries then they need to undergo 2 PCR tests. The first one is 96 hours before the flight and the other one after reaching the DXB. This condition applies if the residents are coming back from the following countries.

    Angola, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, India, Chile, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malta, Moldova, Afghanistan, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Côte d’Ivoire, Philippines, Argentina, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, Slovakia, Somaliland, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Georgia, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

    If the children have any severe disabilities and if they are below 12 years they don’t need any test on arrival? 

    Dubai city sunrise

    Other precautionary measurements

    All the other important measures will remain the same as the health declaration form while before check-in or at the time of check-in. Passenger’s arrival will also be subject to thermal screenings, temperature check, etc. If the case is suspected the travelers will have to self-isolate themselves at the government provided space for 14 days. Also, at the airport, the people have to maintain distance and wear face masks at the airports. 

    Traveling from Dubai

    Travelers that are moving from Dubai to other countries only need to carry their PCR test results if their traveling location requires a negative report form. Although outbound Emirates residents don’t need any permission to travel abroad. To travel back, the residency visa holders have to get approval from GDRFA.

    Tips to travel in Dubai during the COVID pandemic

    Here are some tips you should follow if you have to travel to Dubai. Try to avoid traveling if you can. But, if you have to travel, make sure to follow the following tips and make your mind for any situation. 

    • Be careful and responsible to follow the guidelines and restrictions. 
    • Plan ahead your stay period, hotels, and rental cars.
    • Get the complete information of the COVID situation to the place you are traveling.
    • Only travel if you really need to travel especially to the countries with higher cases. 
    • Expect more lockdowns and travel with plan B. 

    Final thoughts

    Make sure to read all these tips and guidelines no matter if you are traveling in Dubai or any other country. We suggest you read the traveling rules online if you are traveling to any country so you would get ready before your trip. To make your trip more secure, Rent a Car from any professional company, and travel in your own car. You can contact RentalCarsUAE to get the best car deals and high-end services.

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