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Where can Dubai Residents Travel? Check out these destinations

With travel restrictions changing all across the emirates, Abu Dhabi and Dubai are now open for tourists and have permitted both inbound and outbound travel. Are you that grounded traveller pondering where to go and what the restrictions are? Here’s your guide for booking an international vacation from Dubai.

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  1. Travelling abroad from Dubai
  2. Countries open to Dubai residents
  3. Returning back to Dubai
  4. Test on Arrival

Travelling from Dubai

Residents of the United Arab Emirates, travelling from Dubai and free to do so, however, there are certain regulations that they should abide by. While planning your International trip, it is important to keep in mind the current travel corridors open for you.

The United Arab Emirates has established travel corridors with four countries in May, allowing all vaccinated residents to visit Greece, Serbia, Seychelles and Bahrain with no quarantine requirements when they arrive. If a new travel corridor launches before June, it will become the fifth such initiative to be announced in May.

However travellers from Dubai are required to carry a negative RT-PCR test report only if the arriving destination requires it. That’s it!! Now, all you need is a valid passport, VISA and a well-crafted itinerary.

Countries Open to Dubai Residents

Given we know what the regulations are to travel out of Dubai, let us now take a look into exactly which are those countries that are currently open to Dubai residents.

1. Maldives

Maldives is known for its sparkling turquoise waters, crystalline white sand beaches and swaying palm trees. It is a paradise filled with luxury and tranquility. 

Maldives is one of the first few countries to open its borders for the International Border. With the weather being good almost all around the year, it is a great choice for an idyllic beach holiday.

Did you know that the Maldives immigration authorities reported an average of 3,040 passenger arrivals per day, just in the month of April? Sounds Good! Isn’t it? So what are you waiting for, pack your bags and fly to Maldives now!

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2. Seychelles

While planning your beach holiday, Seychelles is the second-best option. Unlike Maldives, Seychelles reigns supreme when it comes to sightseeing and activities. It has some seriously super cool mountains and jungles that you must visit on your trip to Seychelles.

Unique date ideas in Seychelles

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3. Greece

If you are not in the mood for a beach holiday, make your way to magnificent Greece from UAE. Understand the Greek culture while visiting the world-renowned archeological site, relish the versatile food and drinks and have fun in the sun.

Cete Scenic View

Carry a Negative RT-PCR test report not more than 72 hours before flight arrival and fill in their Passenger Locator form 24 hours prior to departure. Children below 5 years of age are exempted from carrying the RT-PCR test report. Permanent residents of the UAE need not produce a negative result of the RT-PCR Test if they hold a certificate of vaccination completed at least 14 days before their arrival in Greece.

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4. Bahrain

If your heart is looking to travel to the Middle East, you can travel to Bahrain. This unique Persian Gulf State has also opened its door to its die-hard fans. This one-of-a-kind exciting environment offers a distinctive multicultural experience that’s unmatched. So if you are planning to visit Bahrain; Yes, you can! All you need to do is complete a health declaration form, and also download the “BeAware Bahrain” App where you will have to pay for 2 Covid tests (1st test – day of arrival, 2nd Test – Day 10). It is important to note that you will have to pay for both the tests regardless of how many days you’ve planned to visit. Fully vaccinated travellers (two doses) or travellers recovered from COVID-19 are not subject to PCR testing on arrival as long as proof of vaccination or recovery is provided through an official certificate, issued by a government recognised institute in their home country.

Returning Back to Dubai

While returning back to Dubai it is mandatory for all travellers to carry a negative RT-PCR test report taken not more than 48 – 72 hours (depending on the origin-destination) prior to departure time. However, UAE nationals are exempted from taking tests prior to departure. They can get themselves tested upon arrival at Dubai Airport. Children under the age of 12 and travellers with a moderate or severe disability are only exempted from taking the RT-PCR test.

Test on Arrival

Travellers arriving from the countries listed below are required to take another RT-PCR test upon arrival at Dubai International airport and wait in their hotel or residence until they receive the test results.

AngolaIvory CoastSlovakia
ChileKuwaitSouth Sudan
Czech RepublicMontenegroTanzania
HungaryPoland QatarZambia

You might also be asked to undergo another RT-PCR test in Dubai Airport in case, you are seen to be symptomatic.


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