Holidays: Simon Calder reveals how travel situation is looking
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Dubai holidays received a blow when travel to the UK was banned last month. Arrivals into the UK from the UAE are severely restricted. with those who do enter required to carry out hotel quarantine at their own expense. Many are eagerly looking forward to such strict travel rules relaxing.
Today the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued its latest travel advice for Dubai and the UAE.
The update was to information on arrival to and departures from Dubai and Abu Dhabi as well as a waiver of visa fines for visitors to Dubai.
“All tourists, visitors and residents travelling from or through the UK and arriving in Dubai or Abu Dhabi must have a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test which was taken no more than 72 hours before departure and present the certificate at check-in,” explained the FCDO.
“Travellers arriving in Abu Dhabi will also be required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival.
“Travellers arriving in Dubai may be required to undertake a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and will have to isolate pending the result of the COVID-19 PCR test.”
Those who test positive for COVID-19 on arrival in the UAE will be required to quarantine for at least 10 days even if they had a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travelling.
Visitors to Dubai also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.
What’s more, they will be required to complete a Health Declaration Form and a Quarantine Form.
The FCDO added: “Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling.
“All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.”
The rules for neighbouring emirate and UAE capital Abu Dhabi differ slightly.
“Travellers entering Abu Dhabi are also required to wear a government-provided wristband, complete a minimum 10-day period of self-isolation or quarantine and, depending on the length of their stay, have up to two further COVID-19 PCR tests on day six and 12 after their arrival,” the FCDO detailed.
The authority added: “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.”
Cruises to Dubai are still not allowed.
The FCDO said: “Passenger cruises are currently not allowed to dock in the UAE as a result of measures taken to combat COVID-19. A UAE-wide notice to mariners has issued.
“The Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) has adopted an enhanced member health policy which all CLIA ocean member cruise lines are required to follow to address COVID-19.
“If you are planning to travel on an international cruise that is due to call at any port in the UAE, contact your travel company for the latest information.”
As for returning to the UK from Dubai, the Foreign Office said: “From 30 January, visitors arriving into England who have been in or transited through the UAE in the previous 10 days will not be permitted entry.
“British and Irish nationals and third-country nationals with residence rights in the UK arriving in England from the UAE will be required to quarantine in a hotel.
“Different rules apply for arrivals into Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.”
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