Dubai: As the UAE prepares to welcome visitors to the largest global gathering since the start of the pandemic, Expo 2020, organizers of the mega event have revealed enhanced entry measures to ensure a safe and exceptional event.
PRE-REQUISITES TO ENTER EXPO 2020 DUBAI
1. Visitors above 18 years are required to present proof of any vaccine recognized by their national government or a negative PCR test taken within the previous 72 hours.
2. Non-vaccinated ticket-holders who have not been tested within this time frame can take the test at PCR testing facility adjacent to the Expo 2020 Dubai site.
Organizers will soon set up a network of testing centres across the city to conduct PCR test to enter Expo 2020 Dubai with information of the sites available on the official Expo 2020 Dubai website. Individuals with valid Expo 1-Day or Multi-Day Pass can take PCR test free of charge at these facilities.
Speaking about the new measures, the UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director-General of Expo 2020 Dubai, Ms. Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy stated that “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. By updating our vaccination and testing requirements, we are opening up a world of discovery and education for every visitor from every corner of the planet, enabling the world to experience Expo 2020’s incredible offering in a safe and secure manner.”
The Expo 2020 Dubai Director-General further added that, “As we prepare to welcome tourists to the UAE and visitors to Expo 2020 Dubai, we need to build on our successes in combating COVID 19, where we have seen a decline of nearly 84 percent 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.”
Apart from a fully vaccinated Expo 2020 Dubai and International Participant staff, volunteers, contractors and service providers, organizers will also ensure that on-site sanitisation stations at place and directives about mandatory face-masks both indoor and outdoor and two-metre social distancing are honoured.
Meanwhile, Secretary-General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the governing body of World Expos, Mr. Dimitri Kerkentzes remarked that, “Dubai’s effective strategy to manage COVID-19 has allowed Expo 2020 Dubai preparations to progress smoothly, and the enhanced requirements announced by Expo 2020 Dubai organisers today strengthen the Expo’s goal of bringing everyone back together to join the making of a new world. In the face of the pandemic, our collective resolve for solidarity has only been strengthened as the UAE and all international participants have persevered in their commitment to realising a safe and meaningful World Expo.”
The Expo 2020 Dubai will be a six-month long celebration of creativity, innovation, human progress and culture beginning from the 1st of October 2020 until 31st March 2022.