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Countries Opening Borders to Tourists - Middle East

In the wake of COVID-19, many popular tourist destinations are beginning to reopen their borders to tourists from around the world.

Each destination has a different set of rules for travel. Some of these areas will allow people from all countries, while others are more specific about only allowing people from low- or moderate-risk areas.

Many of the destinations require a COVID-19 PCR negative test result a few days before arrival, some require a test or even a second test upon arrival, and some do not require a test at all. Many countries are only performing health screening.

Almost all countries have social distancing measures in place, and most require masks in public areas.

If you plan to travel to any of these destinations, make sure to check their website for the latest information as many of these countries are changing their regulations as the virus progresses.



Dubai started allowing tourists from all countries on July 7. You must have documentation of negative COVID-19 PCR test results taken within 96 hours of your arrival.

If not, you will be asked to take a test at the airport. You must also have evidence of international health insurance and agree to pay for any health costs you incur due to the virus.


Jordan began welcoming tourists from select countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia during the first week of August. Travelers from outside these 22 countries can still enter Jordan after spending at least 14 days in any of the approved countries.

You must take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arriving in the country and will receive another test at the airport. You will have to stay at the airport until your test results come in.


Qatar started reopening the borders for tourism on the 1st of August! They allow international visitors from “low-risk countries” but also residents traveling in and out of the country.

The government announced the procedure of entering the country. Everybody, must take a test on arrival and stay in quarantine for one week. After the week take another test.


Israel had promising plans to reopen on August 16th but unfortunately, after easing the restrictions within the country they experienced a spike in the cases. There, the decision to open for international tourism has been postponed indefinitely. They are applying new social distancing rules and “

Anti-covid” measures and hoping to get situation under the control.

Source: VIKTOR VINCEJ, Traveling Lifestyle


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