Vaccination to be required for Expo 2020 Dubai entry


Organisers of Expo 2020 Dubai have announced enhanced entry measures to ensure a safe event.

Visitors aged 18 and above will be required to present proof of any vaccine recognised by their national government or a negative PCR test taken within the previous 72 hours.

Non-vaccinated ticket-holders who have not been tested within this period can test at the PCR testing facility adjacent to the Expo 2020 site.

Moving forward, a network of testing centres across the city will be available and can be found on the Expo 2020 website.

On presentation of any valid Expo 2020 ticket, alongside an Expo 1-Day or Multi-Day Pass, the PCR test will be free of charge.

Reem Al Hashimy, director general of Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “The UAE continues to drive the global tourism recovery, and Expo 2020 Dubai will be the only global gathering of this size and cultural diversity since the start of Covid-19.”

She added: “As we prepare to welcome tourists to the UAE and visitors to Expo 2020, we need to build on our successes in combating Covid-19, where we have seen a decline of nearly 84 per cent in cases in the past eight months.

“Our commitment to the health and safety of all visitors, participants and staff will remain our number one priority.

“We will continue to follow the guidance of the leading science and medical experts, adjusting our measures as appropriate in our commitment to hosting an exceptional experience that all the world can enjoy.

“This enhanced measure is responsible, agile and necessary as we prepare to open our doors to the world.”

The measures align with wider strategies across the UAE, including the strict Covid-19 measures and testing programmes operated by airports and ports. 

As of September, the UAE has administered almost 19 million vaccination doses and fully immunised 80 per cent of its population.

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