Passengers wearing masks due to the coronavirus pandemic are seen waiting in queue for flight ticketing at Dubai International Airport's Terminal 3 - Photo: AP
Dhaka: The Supreme Committee of Dubai announced on June 21 that it will allow foreign nationals with residence visas to return to Dubai from June 22 while citizens and residents can travel to any foreign country starting June 23, provided there is no travel restriction in place in the destination countries.
Also, in the latter's case, travellers must commit to comply with precautionary measures outlined by the countries they are visiting, said the Committee.
The new move will allow thousands of people affected by the worldwide restrictions in passenger air travel since the start of the coronavirus pandemic to resume their travel plans.
The Committee has also decided to start welcoming visitors and tourists from overseas beginning July 7.
Following the announcement, the Committee further stated new protocols for citizens, residents and tourists travelling into or out of Dubai airports aimed at safeguarding the health and wellbeing of all passengers.
The Committee said Dubai’s rapid response to the global pandemic combined with the concerted efforts of the government and private sector and the commitment of the community have helped significantly reduce the spread of the virus.
The Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management stressed that travellers should commit to meeting their responsibilities to ensure their safety and that of others. These include:
All passengers must make themselves aware of the protocols and conditions specified by the Government of Dubai and destination countries before travelling and ensure they comply with them.
Passengers must disclose any health symptoms before travelling by filling out the ‘Health Declaration Form’ provided by the airline company.
UAE nationals must notify UAE embassies in the countries they are visiting if they test positive for COVID-19.
Tourists must ensure they have international health insurance before travelling.
All tourists must show that they have tested negative in a PCR test done four days (96 hours) before the departure date. If they cannot provide test results, they will be tested at Dubai airports.
Those who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate themselves for 14 days at their home or in an institutional facility provided by the government at their own expense.
Travellers must strictly follow physical distancing guidelines in accordance with measures followed at Dubai airports and use face masks at all times.
All passengers should stringently observe precautionary measures and monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms.
The Committee stressed that comprehensive precautionary measures will continue to be implemented in Dubai as previously announced. Compliance with travel measures is critical to prevent delays in completing check-in and boarding procedures.
Air travel protocols, conditions and preventive measures for citizens, residents and tourists can be viewed on the websites of all airlines operating out of Dubai airports, including Emirates Airline (www.emirates.com) and flydubai (www.flydubai.com).