Air travel to the UAE
Travelling to the UAE is still subject to restrictions, and different Emirates in the UAE have different requirements.
All travellers to the UAE must carry out a COVID-19 PCR test within 96 hours prior to their departure. To be able to fly, a negative result must be achieved with the accompanying fit-to-fly certificate. You may also need to undertake a second test on arrival, and may also have to wear a government-issued wristband and complete a period of self-isolation. You can order your PCR test, either as a home mail-out kit or at one of the VIVO Clinics around the UK, here.
Dubai is once again open to tourists and visitor visas are currently being issued by Dubai authorities. However, all visitors must have international health insurance and will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form and a Quarantine Form. Further information is available on the Government of Dubai website.
Tourists and visitors still cannot travel directly to Abu Dhabi by air.
Cruise ships to the UAE
No passenger cruises are currently allowed to dock in the UAE. Anyone planning to travel on an international cruise due to call at any port in the UAE should contact your travel operator for the most up-to-date news and information.
The rules on Visas continue to change. The latest information can be found here at the UAE government portal. Those holding resident visas can also call +971 (0)9 208 3344.
Returning to the UK
UK travellers do not require a COVID-19 PCR test to return from anywhere in the UAE; however, all travellers will also be required to complete the UK Government Public Health Passenger Locator Form online and provide a printed copy at the airport before departing the UAE. Because the UAE is not on the UK travel corridor list, you should still self-isolate for 14 days.
For the most up-to-the-minute information on travelling from the UK, we highly recommend heading to the UK Government Website.
Travelling around the UAE
Travelling is possible, but there are numerous restrictions in place in different areas.
Abu Dhabi, even if travelling there by road, is requiring all visitors to quarantine for 14 days on arrival. Upon arrival in Abu Dhabi, arrivals will be required to undergo a PCR test and register for the quarantine system. Once registered, arrivals will be given a tracking wristband that they must wear for their entire 14-day quarantine, which ensures compliance with quarantine procedures. The medically approved wristband is free of charge,
Sharjah is testing visitors on arrival, and quarantine is required until the tests come back negative.
Hotels, shopping and attractions
Hotels are open in Dubai, but with social distancing rules in place and masks must be worn everywhere outside your hotel room. Most shops, restaurants and tourist attractions are now open, as are, public and private beaches, major parks, cinemas and museums.
It’s vital you check out the local area rules and restrictions for your destination. There’s more information on the latest Coronavirus rules and guidance at the UAE government portal with numerous online platforms that have more information.
It’s imperative you keep up-to-date with local health rules and restrictions whilst in the UAE. Failure to do so risks being fined or imprisoned!
Information about the UAE’s Coronavirus approach can be found on the website of the Ministry of Health and Prevention through its COVID-19 Information Centre. You can also keep up to date with information via official sources such as Dubai Media Office and Emirates News Agency.
If you develop coronavirus symptoms whilst in the UAE, you should contact your travel insurance or healthcare provider for further advice.