The Vise President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has issued directives to extend tourist visas for an additional month, without any government fees.

The decision was made due to temporary closures of various airport closures and entry restrictions in many countries and to support tourists and their families who are currently in the UAE to spend the New Year holidays, official news agency WAM reported.

 Government entities will work in order to facilitate the procedures for tourists in the coming period and collaborate with the relevant authorities so that the safety of all visitors during their stay in the UAE can be ensured.

Back in July, Dubai was one of the first cities to welcome back international tourists with precautionary Covid-19 measures.

Last week Abu Dhabi had also announced that it would welcome foreign tourists from Thursday December 24, although strict measures have been taken. Travellers will have to be able to present a negative PCR test 96 hours before their scheduled departure and take a second PCR test upon landing.

Inbound travellers from 16 ‘green’ countries will not have to quarantine in Abu Dhabi, they must only self-isolate until they receive a negative test result. The quarantine period for travellers coming from other countries is 10 days.

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