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SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE)
21–23 September 2021, Dubai World Trade Centre
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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COVID-19 Travel Advisory

COVID-19 Travel Advisory

From the moment you arrive at the airport to when you check in to your hotel, Dubai is fully committed to following all guidelines and measures to keep you safe. The information below has been compiled to help attendees plan ahead but is subject to change based on the evolving guidelines issued by relevant government bodies in Dubai and internationally.

This page was last updated on: 11 August 2021

Before you Travel

Register Online
As part of our safe and contactless initiatives, all attendees will need to register online and print their print-at-home badge before travelling.

Visa Requirements
Ensure you meet the entry visa requirements. Find out whether you need a visa and how to apply.

PCR Test
All passengers travelling to Dubai from any point of origin (including GCC countries) must hold a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate, for which the test must be taken no more than 72 hours before departure, except for travel from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Please check specific departure requirements in your country before you leave. 

Tourists may test at any lab accredited by their health authority in their country. If you are travelling with Emirates, please click here for a list of accredited labs.

Medical Travel Insurance
Ensure you have medical travel insurance with international coverage that covers COVID-19 before travelling. If you are travelling with Emirates Airlines and have purchased your ticket after 1 December 2020, you will automatically benefit from additional multi-risk travel insurance provided by AIG Travel. Find out more.

Arrival in Dubai

At the Airport
All arrival passengers have their temperature taken with thermal screening devices.

Passengers may be asked to take an additional COVID-19 PCR test on arrival. Passengers who need to get a test done should either wait in their place of residence or hotel, or undergo institutional quarantine until they receive their results, which is expected within 24 hours. UAE citizens and diplomats are exempted. Please click here for a list of countries where this is applicable.

Do I Need to Quarantine on Arrival?
Currently, there is no quarantine requirement in place when arriving in Dubai; however, you may be asked to take another COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival. If the test result is positive, you will be required to undergo isolation and follow the Dubai Health Authority guidelines.

You will be required to download the COVID-19 DXB app iOS - Android.

Are all hotels in Dubai open and will able to leave the hotel and enjoy Dubai?
All hotels in Dubai are open, with strict hygiene and safety measures in place to safeguard their guests. Dubai has been recognised by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and received its Safe Travels stamp for its safety protocols in place. 

Sharaf Tours is ATCE's Official Accommodation Partner and has secured preferential rates at 25 hotels in Dubai specifically for ATCE attendees. Click here for more information.

Attending ATCE

Do I need to be vaccinated to attend ATCE?
The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) in Dubai announced that you do not need to be vaccinated to attend any type of business event, Hence, you will not require to be vaccinated to attend any of the ATCE events taking place at DWTC.

However, you are required to be vaccinated to attend the Awards Banquet taking place at the Hilton Habtoor City,

Do I need to present a negative PCR test to attend ATCE?
No, PCR test results are not required to attend any event or activity in Dubai, as per official communication from the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) in Dubai.

Are face masks mandatory?
Wearing a face mask is mandatory at all times. Non-compliance may result in government enforced penalties.

Arriving at the Venue/During the Event

Transportation and Parking

  • Paid parking is available for attendees at the Exhibition Street Parking behind Sheikh Rashid Hall and the Al Mustaqbal Street Parking with direct access to the venue. Due to new safety measures for COVID-19, valet parking may not be available.
  • Sanitisation of the parking areas facilities like payment machines and attendant booths is thoroughly carried out frequently. 
  • Taxi, Uber, and Careem drop-off points are available at both entrances for the venue.
  • The World Trade Centre Metro Station is only a 5-minute walk from the venue.

Ticketing and Registration Process
Due to strict health and safety protocol, strictly no registration and ticket sales on-site at the event. Admission is strictly by advance registration online only. 
No badges will be printed on-site ATCE, you will need to print your badge at home.

How will I receive my lanyards and badge holder?
A sanitised lanyard and a plastic badge holder can be collected to insert your print-at-home badge.

What social distancing measures will be in place?

  • The conference hall capacity will apply the minimum 2m social distancing corresponding to 1 person per 4 sqm gross on the net non-utilised space with clear signage of capacity allowed.
  • The exhibition hall capacity will also apply the minimum 2m social distancing corresponding to 1 person per 4sqm gross. Aisles shall be minimum of 2.5m in width one way and 4m for 2-way traffic
  • Signage will be installed across all key locations around the venue to spread awareness about safety and health regulations.
  • Floor stickers and other signage guides will be installed to support social distancing measures as outlined per the government guidelines. These will be installed at locations across the venue i.e. car parks, taxi ranks, entrances, elevators, escalators, restrooms, F&B outlets, conference halls, exhibition floor, and concourse areas.
  • Exhibitors will be required to place signage or a sticker with the maximum number of people permitted on a stand.

Are face masks mandatory?
Wearing a face mask is mandatory at all times. Non-compliance may result in government-enforced penalties.

Will there be sanitisers across the venue?
Sanitiser stations will be readily available across the venue.

How can I network at the event?

  • Meeting spaces on the exhibition stand will be large enough to incorporate social distancing regulations.
  • Exhibitors are to limit the number of staff at each stand.
  • Handshakes and the exchange of business cards are not permitted at this time.

Other Safety Measure FAQs

What if I have a high temperature?
In the case of a high temperature, you will be asked to step aside to cool down. If the high temperature persists, you will be directed to a designated First Aid office to recheck your temperature and take any necessary medical procedure such as doing a PCR test.

What happens if I get sick at the venue?
If you are unwell, please visit the First Aid office which is located on the Concourse at DWTC between Halls 4 and 5 and will be staffed with on-site personnel throughout the event.

How often is the venue sanitised?
During the event, standby cleaners will be stationed in areas of high footfall and touchpoints. Long-term cleaning treatment will be applied to all occupied rooms and halls. And a full venue deep cleaning and fumigation will be conducted at the end of every event day.

Where can I find further information regarding the COVID-19 Guidelines in Dubai?
Please see below government entities in Dubai that can assist and guide you regarding COVID-19 and other safety and health protocols that need to be followed:

Dubai Health Authority (DHA): Website  

Dubai Tourism: Website 

Dubai Airports: Website

Dubai World Trade Centre: Website 

Emirates Airlines: Website

Departing The Venue

How do I leave the venue?
There will be dedicated exits which will be clearly marked, either by stickers or signage to guide you when leaving the venue. There will be signages located at taxi ranks outlining the venue’s safety regulations. Traffic marshals will be positioned to ensure safe distancing when needed. Contactless parking payments have been implemented where possible.

Leaving Dubai

Do I need to do a PCR test before leaving Dubai?
For international travellers, please check the requirements of the country you are travelling to. The travel regulations change frequently. You may need to take a COVID‑19 PCR test before you depart or another particular type of COVID‑19 test specified by your destination.

Those intending to travel back to Abu Dhabi must have a negative COVID‑19 PCR test result issued within 48 hours or a negative DPI test result within 24 hours. The day of arrival into Abu Dhabi is counted as day 1.

Where do I get a PCR test done in Dubai?
A PCR test centre will be available on-site, 21–23 September, at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) in Hall 1 from 0900–1800. The test will cost AED 150 (USD 41).

The test centre will accept walk-ins or you can make an appointment by scanning the QR code below.


Alternatively, please see the list of authorised COVID‑19 test laboratories in Dubai where you can get tested before you travel to your destination.

For more information about departing from Dubai, please click here.

How much does PCR test cost in Dubai?
PCR test costs can range anywhere between USD 40 to USD 100. Please verify the cost with your testing facility first.


What type of test is required to travel back to the USA?

As per the US Consulate in Dubai and Emirates Airlines, PCR test is acceptable for travel to the US. Adding the Date of Birth or Passport number to the PCR test certificate needs to be advised to the test centre at the time of taking the test. Please carry your passport to the testing centre.