Expo 2020 Dubai: the Covid-19 protocol for visitors

Everything you need to know about PCR tests and vaccinations.

A few days before the start of the largest world exhibition since the beginning of the pandemic, Expo 2020 Dubai has announced the new Covid-19 protocol for visitors. 

The rules

  • Visitors aged 18 and over will be required to present proof of vaccination recognized by their national government or a negative PCR test performed within the preceding 72 hours;
  • A ticket holder who is not vaccinated and has not performed the PCR test within the previous 72 hours can perform the test at the PCR testing facility adjacent to the Expo 2020 site. In the future, a network of all the city centres where perform PCR test will be posted on the Expo 2020 Dubai 
  • By presenting a valid ticket for Expo 2020 both day and multi-pass, the PCR test will be free;
  • Obligation to wear the mask outdoors and indoors;
  • Maintain the social distance of 2 meters
Reem Al Hashimy, Ministro di Stato per la Cooperazione Internazionale degli Emirati Arabi Uniti e Direttore Generale Expo 2020 Dubai
Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates and Director General Expo 2020 Dubai (Source: media expo)

“The United Arab Emirates continue to lead the recovery of tourism and Expo 2020 Dubai will be the only international gathering since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. By updating our protocols, we allow visitors from all over the world to experience the incredible experience of Expo 2020 in a safe and secure way ”.

These are the words of Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates and Director General of Expo 2020 Dubai. 

The minister also underlined the successes of the United Arab Emirates in the fight against Covid-19 with “a drop of almost 84% of cases in the last eight months. Our commitment to the health and safety of all visitors, attendees and staff will remain our top priority. We will continue to follow the guidelines of leading scientific and medical experts by adapting our protocols, giving everyone the opportunity to enjoy an exceptional experience. This strengthened action is responsible and necessary as we prepare to open our door to the world ”.

Expo 2020 - Expo Entry Portal
(Source: media expo)

The update of the protocols is part of the UAE's strategy to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic including tests at airports. The anti-covid measures also include the mandatory vaccination of all staff, volunteers, contractors, suppliers and international participants at Expo 2020 Dubai. 


In September 2021, the UAE administered nearly 19 million doses of the vaccine and immunized 80% of the population. Dubai has seen a steady influx of visitors since reopening to tourists in July 2020 and the emirate has welcomed 2.85 million visitors in the first half of 2021, with numbers expected to accelerate ahead of Expo 2020 Dubai. 

Expo 2020 Dubai

With the claim "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future ", Expo Dubai will take place from October 1st 2021 to March 31st, 2022. It will be the first world exhibition to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region. The event will be the largest ever organized in the Arab world and invites visitors to attend an event… Magic!

(Source: media expo)


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