Dubai holidays: UK government issues new travel advice as UAE lockdown eases

Dubai holidays have not been possible for several months due to the coronavirus pandemic. The UAE suspended all inbound and outbound flights on March 24. Emirati authorities also introduced strict measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.


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However, with light finally at the end of the tunnel, many countries, including the UAE, have begun easing their lockdown restrictions.

National flag carrier Emirates has announced flights to Dubai and the UAE will resume from June 15.

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) regularly updates its travel advice to the country.

In the latest update for the UAE, the FCO cautioned that anyone travelling from the country to the UK will have to enter a 14-day quarantine.

The travel rule came into force yesterday, with measures set to be reviewed in late June to check they remain “effective and necessary.”

The FCO explains: “When you return, you must follow the rules for entering the UK.

“You need to provide your journey and contact details up to 48 hours before you’re due to arrive in the UK.

“You are not allowed to leave the place you’re staying for the first 14 days – you’re in the UK except in very limited situations (known as ‘self-isolating’).”

The Home Office adds: “You may be fined up to £100 if you refuse to provide your contact details.

“You may be fined more if you break this rule more than once. You may also be fined up to £1,000 if you refuse to self-isolate, or you could face further action.”

As for moving around in the UAE, restrictions are still in place.

Failing to obey could result in fines or imprisonment.


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The FCO explained: “While there has been some relaxation of daytime movement restrictions, you should monitor UAE government advice closely as this may be subject to change at short notice.

“From 2 June 2020 there are also some restrictions in place on movement between the separate Emirates.”

The government continued: “Tourist and cultural sites have been closed temporarily although some have reopened with additional safety measures in place including social distancing and the wearing of face masks.

“Pharmacies and supermarkets remain open.

“Since 24 April, Dubai shopping malls, markets and commercial outlets will be open for restricted hours, social distancing and other measures will apply.”

As for visas: “The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship announced that visas and entry permits that expired after 1 March 2020 are now valid until the end of December 2020,” clarified the FCO.

“This includes visit visas, residency visas and ID cards. For residents it applies to those both inside and outside the UAE.

“For visitors it applies only to those who are still in the UAE.”

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