“Welcome to Dubai or welcome back to Dubai” is the message we can once again say as borders have officially reopened to tourists.

In a landmark moment after borders being closed for nearly four months, tourists were seen arriving at Dubai International Airport today, July 7.

A series of Instagram story posts on the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) account showcased the first visitors arriving in the emirate shortly after the clocks struck midnight this morning.

And, as you’d expect, all precautionary measures in the airport we being taken including masks and gloves being worn and social distancing measures being taken as visitors were seen making their way through immigration.


Despite it being the early hours of the morning, many of the visitors were clearly happy to have arrived in Dubai giving the ‘thumbs up’ sign towards the camera.

Dubai is welcoming tourists with open arms as borders reopen, with visitors receiving a new sticker on their passports was unveiled reading, “A warm welcome to your second home.”

Speaking on borders reopening to visitors, Major General Mohammad Ahmad Al Marri, Director General of GDRFA-Dubai, said tourists were “always welcome”.

“We welcome all tourists and visitors to the country through Dubai Airports,” he said. “They are always welcome in their second country and we are ready to facilitate their procedures based on the highest levels of safety.”

In order to ensure the health and safety of all travellers, UAE citizens and UAE residents when entering Dubai, there are many precautionary measures in place.

Similarly, before boarding your flight to Dubai ensure you have all the necessary documents needed for entering the country including a health declaration form and a negative COVID-19 test result prior to leaving your home country.

You can also opt for a PCR test once landing in Dubai, but be prepared to quarantine until you receive a negative test for COVID-19.

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