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Dubai holidays are currently not advised by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). The United Arab Emirates (UAE) remains off the travel corridor list for now. However, Dubai is allowing visitors in – although strict entry requirements are in place.
Yesterday the FCDO updated its travel advice to the UAE on this matter.
“Some foreign residents, including British Nationals, are being allowed to return to the UAE based on criteria set by the UAE authorities,” stated the authority.
“Visit and tourist visas are not currently being issued by the Abu Dhabi authorities at Abu Dhabi airport.
“Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours.
“All arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for 14 days on arrival and are likely to be required to wear a medically approved wristband for the duration of their quarantine. The wristband will be provided at Abu Dhabi airport after clearing immigration.
“Arrivals under the age of 18, over the age of 60, diplomats or those suffering from a chronic disease will be exempt from having to wear the wristband.
“Further information is available on the Etihad Airlines website including a guide for arrivals in Abu Dhabi.”
Dubai and the UAE also have rules in place concerning quarantine on arrival.
The FCDO explained: “Stringent entry restrictions remain in place upon arrival at all airports in the UAE which may include, but are not limited to, a Health Authority COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, mandatory quarantine period, usually via self-isolation at a private address if suitable or a hotel, for at least 14 days, and follow up testing before you are able to complete quarantine.
“Once any quarantine period is complete you must continue to comply with all measures put in place by the UAE authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“Arrivals in Abu Dhabi from countries that the UAE authorities consider high risk are likely to be required to quarantine in a government quarantine facility for at least 14 days.”
Travellers will also need to do a coronavirus test ahead of travel.
“The UAE authorities have stated that with effect from August 11, all citizens, returning residents, transit passengers and tourists have to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test in the country they are currently in and have proof of a negative result before travelling to the UAE,” said the FCDO.
“The test must be a PCR swab test. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted. The test must have been carried out within 96 hours of departure.
“The test result is required for travellers from all countries arriving at all airports in the UAE. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website.
“Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement.
“Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation.”
Anyone flying to Dubai will have some admin to do.
“Before visitors fly to Dubai, they will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form and a Quarantine Form,” detailed the Foreign Office.
“Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival.
“Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.
“Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling and with effect from August 1, must show that they have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test a maximum of 96 hours before arrival.
“All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.”
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