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Sunday, July 19, 2020

[DUBAI, UAE TRAVEL ADVISORY] Entry to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) Protocol


PHILIPPINE AIRLINES (PR) TO OPERATE IN TERMINAL 3 IN DUBAI
Effective immediately, please be advised that Philippine Airlines (PR) will shift to Terminal 3 from Terminal 1 of the Dubai Airports.

ADVISORY FOR TRAVELLERS ENTERING DUBAI HOLDING TOURIST VISA AND RESIDENT PERMITS
Dubai Airports has released that all passengers coming through Dubai Airports and hold an Entry Permit (like visit visa or tourism visa) will be allowed to enter with this visa effective immediately.

Passengers who have Residence Permits issued from Dubai and wish to return to the country through Dubai Airports, must submit an application for entry permits through the following link, as it is necessary to ensure all residents obtain the entry permit before they are allowed to board the plane.

SUBMISSION OF COVID-19 NEGATIVE CERTIFICATE REQUIRED BY UAE GOVERNMENT
Effective July 8, 2020, All passengers traveling to Dubai from the following countries or airports specified below have to carry a COVID-19 negative certificate issued by a local government approved laboratory to be accepted on the flight. Where specified, a certificate from a UAE government designated laboratory in the country of origin is also acceptable.

Certificates must be issued no more than 96 hours before departure. Identified countries are: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Iran, Pakistan, Philippines, Russian Federation, Tanzania, USA - Dallas Fort Worth (DFW), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Orlando (MCO), including passengers originating from California, Florida and Texas.

NEW AIR TRAVEL PROTOCOLS FOR DUBAI CITIZENS, RESIDENTS AND VISITORS
Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai announced new air travel protocols for Dubai citizens, residents and visitors.

GENERAL GUIDELINES
• Citizens and residents allowed to travel to any foreign destination, according to measures  taken by countries regarding foreign arrivals.
• Travelers bear full responsibility for their actions and for checking the COVID-19 situation of the country they wish to visit, as well as self-monitoring any symptoms they may experience.
• All citizens and residents will have to undergo a PCR test upon arrival at Dubai airports.
• Tourists given the option to show their PCR test results (valid for 96 hours) upon their arrival to Dubai or carry out a test at Dubai airports.
• All positive COVID-19 cases will be quarantined for 14 days, with travelers bearing the costs of treatment and isolation.

RETURN OF DUBAI RESIDENTS FROM JUNE 22, 2020
• Return approvals are carried out by Dubai’s General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs through a direct link with airlines.
• PCR tests are taken at Dubai airports. (Please refer to above UAE requirement effective 08 July 2020)
• 14-day quarantine imposed for all positive COVID-19 cases.

DUBAI CITIZENS AND RESIDENTS ALLOWED TO TRAVEL ABROAD FROM JUNE 23, 2020
• Citizens and residents allowed traveling to foreign destinations, according to Dubai airports’ official flight schedules and subject to airports being operational at these destinations.
• PCR tests at Dubai airports must be taken upon their return. (Please refer to above UAE requirement effective 08 July 2020)
• 14-day quarantine imposed for all positive COVID-19 cases.

ENTRY OF VISITORS AND TOURISTS TO DUBAI FROM JULY 7, 2020
• Tourists and visitors allowed to enter, according to Dubai airports’ official flight schedules and subject to airports being operational at their departure destinations.
• Show their PCR test results (valid for 96 hours) upon their arrival to Dubai or carry out a test at Dubai airports.
• 14-day quarantine imposed for all positive COVID-19

TRAVELER RESPONSIBILITIES (CITIZENS, RESIDENTS AND TOURISTS)
• Adhere to all official measures and requirements established by the Dubai Government and other countries before traveling and after returning to Dubai.
• Disclose any symptoms before traveling by filling in the form provided by airlines.
• Ensure you have international health insurance coverage before traveling.
• Citizens must notify UAE embassies if they are infected with COVID-19 while they are abroad.
• Residents and tourists will bear the costs of examination and treatment abroad, in the event they are infected with COVID-19.
• Take precautionary measures and self-monitor for any symptoms of COV

PROCEDURES FOR RETURNING DUBAI RESIDENTS
• Residents pre-book flights through official websites of airlines operating at Dubai airports.
• Dubai’s General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs organizes the arrival of residents.
• Returning residents can fly on any of the airlines that have approved flights to Dubai airports.
• Residents sign a declaration stating their commitment to bear the costs of examination and treatment in the event of contracting COVID-19.
• Arrivals must complete Health Declaration Form before leaving their destination to ensure that they are clear of any symptoms.
• All arrivals must register their details on the COVID-19 DXB app

ARRIVAL PROCEDURES AT DUBAI AIRPORTS
• PCR test required
• PCR test taken upon arrival at Dubai airports
• Ensure arrivals download COVID-19 DXB app

PROCEDURES FOR LEAVING THE AIRPORT
• Residents must stay home until their PCR test results come out.
• Obligation to abide by 14-day quarantine for positive COVID-19 cases.
• Home quarantine possible if the conditions of quarantine are met, according to official guidelines from the COVID-19 Command and Control Centre.
• Residents who test positive for COVID-19 and are home sharing or live in high-density housing, will be required to be isolated at a facility. Their employer should provide the quarantine facility in accordance with COVID-19 Command and Control Centre guidelines or choose a quarantine facility provided by the government in return for bearing the costs involved.
• Compliance with all precautionary measures applied in Dubai (wearing masks, maintaining 2m social distance and washing hands regularly)

FOR RETURNING RESIDENTS TESTING POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
Strict compliance with the procedures set out for positive cases by the COVID-19 Command and Control Centre, including institutional quarantine, home quarantine or hospitalization.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL PROCEDURES
• Citizens and residents have freedom to travel to several countries on any of the airlines that have approved flights to and from Dubai airports.
• Adherence to the measures specified by the destination country upon arrival.
• Complete Health Declaration Form before departing to ensure travelers are clear of any symptoms.
• Register details to the COVID-19 DXB app.

DEPARTURE PROCEDURES
• Comply with the official procedures established by the destination country regarding testing and quarantine.
• Complete Health Declaration Form before departing to destination.
• Airlines have the right to deny travelers if they display any symptoms of COVID-19.

PROCEDURES UPON RETURNING TO DUBAI (PCR test required)
• PCR test taken upon arrival at Dubai airports (Please refer to above UAE requirement effective 08 July 2020)
• Residents must stay home until their PCR test results come out.
• Arrivals required to download COVID-19 DXB app
• Obligation to abide by 14-day quarantine for positive COVID-19 cases.
• Home quarantine possible if the conditions of quarantine are met, according to official guidelines from the COVID-19 Command and Control Centre.
• Residents who test positive for COVID-19 and are home-sharing or live in high-density housing, will be required to be isolated at a facility. Their employer should provide the quarantine facility in accordance with COVID-19 Command and Control Centre guidelines or choose a quarantine facility provided by the government in return for bearing the costs involved.
• Compliance with all precautionary measures applied in Dubai (wearing masks, maintaining 2m social distance and washing hands regularly). DEPARTURE PROCEDURES
• Comply with the official procedures established by the destination country regarding testing and quarantine.
• Complete Health Declaration Form before departing to destination.
• Airlines have the right to deny travelers if they display any symptoms of COVID-19. PROCEDURES AT TRAVEL DESTINATION
• Comply with the official procedures established by the destination country regarding testing and quarantine.

PROCEDURES FOR INTERNATIONAL TOURISTS ARRIVING TO DUBAI OVERSEAS 

TRAVEL TO DUBAI REQUIREMENTS
• Fulfill entry visa requirements to visit the UAE.
• Ensure you have medical travel insurance before traveling, in the event you do not have international coverage. Sign a declaration to bear all costs of quarantine and treatment and complete the Health Declaration Form before departure to ensure the passenger has no COVID-19 symptoms.
• Tourists required to register all their details in the COVID-19 DXB app

PROCEDURES FROM DEPARTURE DESTINATION
Tourists must take a PCR test up to four days (prior to their date of travel (maximum 96 hours)
• Take a PCR test before traveling, or if this hasn’t been done, a PCR test is carried out upon arrival at Dubai airports.
• Complete Health Declaration Form before departing.
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• Airlines have the right to deny travelers if they display any symptoms of COVID-19.

PROCEDURES UPON ARRIVAL AT DUBAI AIRPORTS
In the event the tourist is not carrying a valid PCR test result, a test is carried out at Dubai airports
• All arrival passengers have their temperature taken with thermal screening devices.
• Tourists who do not carry a valid PCR test result take the test upon arrival
• The PCR test can be repeated for tourists who had tested negative before departing but display COVID-19 symptoms

PROCEDURES FOR LEAVING DUBAI AIRPORTS
• Tourists required to download the COVID-19 DXB app
• 14-day quarantine imposed for all positive COVID-19 cases.
• Compliance with all precautionary measures applied in Dubai (wearing masks, maintaining 2m social distance and washing hands regularly)

FOR TOURISTS TESTING POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
• Strict compliance with the procedures set out for positive cases by the COVID-19 Command and Control Centre, including institutional quarantine, home quarantine or hospitalization.

Reference: Philippine Airlines

How to protect yourself from the coronavirus or COVID-19?
With the continual spread of the coronavirus or COVID19, it is better to stay vigilant and follow these simple ways to prevent yourself from getting the disease.
  • Wash your hands with soap or use a hand sanitizer that contains alcohol with at least 70% solution.
  • Sneeze and cough into tissues or the crook of your elbow. If you get mucus or spit on your skin, clean it off right away. Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, especially people exhibiting respiratory symptoms and fever.
  • Stay home when you're sick.
  • Regularly and thoroughly clean surfaces, such as countertops and doorknobs, with a disinfectant. 
  • If you are sick:  You should wear a facemask when you are around other people and practice distancing yourself.  
  • For healthy people wear a mask only if you are caring for someone who is sick or a person with suspected COVID-19 infection. Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for the caregivers.
  • If you choose to wear a facemask make sure it is covering your mouth and nose and leave no gaps between your face and the mask. 


Take care and stay safe, everyone.

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