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Dubai opens up to tourists from July 7

 

Agence France-Presse

Dubai, United Arab Emirates  /  Mon, June 22, 2020  /  02:02 pm
Dubai opens up to tourists from July 7

People observe social distancing while gathering to watch the Dubai fountain show, which resumes as the Gulf emirate emerges from a lockdown imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on June 5, 2020. (AFP/Karim Sahib)

Dubai announced on Sunday it would allow tourists back in the Gulf city state from July 7 after a closure of more than three months to contain the coronavirus.

"Dubai to welcome tourists from July 7," the emirate's media center said, quoting the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management.

It also gave a list of protocols for travelers entering the Gulf emirate.

"Travelers must stringently comply with preventive measures and safety procedures put in place by Dubai and destination countries," the report said.

Tourists are "required to present recent COVID-19 negative certificate or undergo testing at Dubai airports" it said, with those testing positive to observe a 14-day isolation.

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A test for coronavirus is mandatory and should done 96 hours before travelling to Dubai, the report said.

Visitors are also required to have international health insurance and download a special phone application that lists their details, as well as fill a special "health declaration form", it added.

Dubai also announced that citizens and residents would be allowed to travel abroad from Tuesday.

Dubai is one of the seven sheikdoms that make up the United Arab Emirates.

The UAE has recorded nearly 45,000 cases of coronavirus, including 302 deaths.

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