Foreign tourists will be allowed to return to Dubai from July 7.

The reopening was confirmed as the emirate unveiled new protocols and conditions for citizens, residents and tourists travelling into or out of Dubai airports.

The relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions on international arrivals follows the Gulf state’s rulers agreeing to allow citizens and residents to travel to any foreign country from Tuesday (June 23) provided the destination countries agree to receive them.

“The new announcement will allow thousands of people affected by the worldwide restrictions in passenger air traffic since the start of the pandemic to resume their travel plans,” the government of Dubai said.

Gulf carrier Emirates launched a destination Dubai advert shortly after the announcement.

International tourists travelling by air to Dubai must ensure they meet all requirements for entry to the UAE.

Downloading a Covid-19 Dubai airports app and registering their details on it are “critically important” since it facilitates easy co-ordination and communication with health authorities if they experience symptoms.

In addition to filling a ‘health declaration form’ before embarking, they should ensure they have a valid health insurance in order to enter the country.

Airlines have the right to refuse boarding at the airport of departure if they display any Covid-19 symptoms.

Tourists will be required to show proof of not being infected with the virus on arrival at Dubai airports. If they cannot provide proof, they will undergo a PCR test at the airport.

All arrivals will be subject to thermal screenings.

“If a traveller is suspected to have COVID-19 symptoms, Dubai airports have the right to re-test to ensure the tourist is free of the virus,” the government statement added.

“It is mandatory for tourists who test positive for Covid-19 to register their details on the Covid-19 DXB [Dubai airports] app and isolate themselves at an institutional facility provided by the government for 14 days at their own expense.”