Dubai holidays: Foreign Office issues new travel advice for Brits as UAE turns amber

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After almost seven months of being on the red list, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are to move to the amber list on Sunday. For holidaymakers desperate to return to Dubai, the decision is likely welcome news.

However, there are still some crucial travel restrictions in place and Britons must adhere to specific rules in order to visit the sunshine hotspot.

“From 4am on Sunday, August 8 the United Arab Emirates will move to the amber list for entering England,” states the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) in a new update.

Although the UAE is set for amber list status, at the time of writing the FCDO continues to advise “against non-essential travel” for those travelling to and from England.

Travellers who are hoping to travel to and from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will have separate rules and are advised to check the devolved Government websites.

The FCDO advises those who are set to travel to remain up-to-date with the current entry requirements issued by the UAE authorities.

“COVID-19 entry requirements may change at short notice, and travellers to the UAE are strongly encouraged to check the specifics, including the time frames for undertaking COVID-19 PCR tests before departure with their airline before they travel,” it states.

“Residents, tourists and visitors travelling from or through the UK and arriving in Dubai and Abu Dhabi must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test which was taken no more than 72 hours before departure and present the certificate at check-in.

“Travellers arriving in Abu Dhabi will also be required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival.

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“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.”

In the event of an unexpected positive result, or if tourists are displaying certain symptoms, they may be required to self-isolate for 10 days.

This may be required to be undertaken in a government facility or a hospital.

In some instances, however, the government do allow self-isolation to take place in privately arranged accommodation.

“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 or Government facility and follow up testing before you are able to complete quarantine,” explains the FCDO.

“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.”

Holidaymakers are reminded that they should not use the NHS testing service to facilitate travel to another country.

“Before visitors fly to Dubai, they will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form and a Quarantine Form,” explains the FCDO.

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“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.”

Once in Dubai, Britons are warned that they must “adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.”

International health insurance is a mandatory requirement for all hoping to travel to Dubai.

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