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Travel to Dubai during Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

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TRAFFIC LIGHT STATUS: Red

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Proof of vaccination:

TBC

Test pre-travel:

YES

Form pre-travel:

YES

Test on arrival:

NO

Screening on arrival:

YES

Quarantine on arrival:

NO

Test during stay:

NO

RETURN REQUIREMENTS

Test pre-return travel:

YES

Test on return:

YES

Quarantine on return:

YES

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Proof of vaccination: This requirement is yet to be confirmed by the destination.
Test pre-travel: PCR Test
PCR Test locations: https://covidtraveladvice.kuoni.co.uk/pcr-test-locations
Test time:

All tourists must present a negative PCR test for COVID-19 on arrival.  The test and negative PCR certificate must be issued no more than 3 days (72 hours) prior to departure.  Home testing kits are not permitted.  You must bring an official printed certificate in English or Arabic.  Digital certificates are not permitted.

If you are transiting through Dubai to your final destination and your flight started in the UK, then you DO NOT need to present a negative PCR test result, however you will still need to follow the guidance of your final destination as they may require a COVID-19 test to be taken before travel to allow entry.  On your return to the UK, you WILL need a negative test to enter the UK.  If you are transiting Dubai from some countries then you will also need a COVID-19 PCR test result taken no more than 3 days before arrival.  This test may also be valid for entry into the UK.

The need for a PCR test to transit Dubai is currently applicable to the following countries of departure: Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nepal, Oman, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Tanzania, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.  Other countries may be included so please check on emirates.com for full details.

On arrival:

You may need to take a further COVID-19 test on arrival.  If you take the test at the airport you must remain at your hotel until you receive the result.  If the test is positive you will be required to undergo isolation.

There will be regular temperature checks and health screening taking place at the airport.

You must also download the COVID-19 DXB smart app which is available on Apple and Android stores.

Form pre-travel: Traveller Health Declaration must be completed 24 hours prior to arrival.
Traveller Health Declaration: https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/dubai-health-declaration-form.pdf
RETURN REQUIREMENTS
Test pre-return travel:

On your return a negative test must be taken in the 3 days (72 hours) before you depart to the UK. You will be required to show your test results before you board the return flight home.

The test must meet the performance standards of above 97% specificity and above 80% sensitivity at viral loads above 100,000 copies\ml. The test can be a PCR test, a LAMP test or an antigen test, such as a test from a lateral flow device as long as they meet the performance standards

Your test result can be provided as:

  • a printed document
  • an email or text message you can show on your phone - make sure your device is charged

Children under the age of 11 are exempt from this testing prior to returning back to England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Test on return:

You will be required to take a test on your return back to the United Kingdom.  The details of which will vary as below, depending on the classification of the country you are arriving from. 

Children, under the age of 4 will be exempt from any testing on return to England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Children under the age of 5 will be exempt from testing on return to Scotland.

Green list countries

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the green list then you will be required to undergo a further COVID-19 PCR test at your own expense on or before day 2 of your return into the country.  You must ensure that this test is booked before returning to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  You may need to place the confirmation reference number on your Passenger Locator Form.  This need to be completed and submitted before your departure home.

Should you be arriving into Northern Ireland from either Portugal, Israel or Singapore you will also be asked to take an additional free PCR test on Day 8.

Green watch list countries

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is currently on the green watch list, then you will be required to undergo a further COVID-19 PCR test at your own expense on or before day 2 of your return into the country.  Please remember that countries on the green watch list are able to move to the Amber or red lists.  Therefore should the country you are travelling from move before arrival, you will need to follow the guidance below, depending on the new category.  You must ensure that the testing requirements needed are booked before returning to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  You may need to place the confirmation reference number on your Passenger Locator Form.  This need to be completed and submitted before your departure home.

Amber list countries

if you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the Amber list then alongside your self-isolation period at home, you will be required to undergo 2 further COVID-19 PCR tests at your own expense on your return into the country, unless you are returning to England, Scotland or Wales after the 19th July and have been fully vaccinated.  These tests will need to be taken on or before day 2 and on day 8 of your 10 day isolation period.  You may also able to take advantage of the test to release scheme which will allow for a PCR test to be taken on day 5 to release you from isolation.  You must ensure that your 2 tests are booked before returning to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  You may need to place the confirmation reference number on your Passenger Locator Form.  This needs to be completed and submitted before your departure home.

If you are returning back to England, Scotland or Wales from the 19th July 2021, are fully vaccinated with at least 14 days since your last dose and are able to provide proof of this through a vaccination certificate, then you will be not be required to self-isolate on your return to England, Scotland or Wales.  You will be required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test at your own expense on or before day 2 of your return, however the test on day 8 will not be needed.  You must ensure that your test is booked before returning as you may need to place the confirmation reference number on your Passenger Locator Form which needs to be submitted before your departure home.  This guidance is currently only applicable for customers returning to England, Scotland and Wales.  Customers returning to Northern Ireland should follow the original advice above.

Red list countries

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the red list then you will need to ensure you have booked yourself into government approved hotel quarantine for a 10 day period.  You will be required to undergo 2 further COVID-19 PCR tests at your own expense on your return to the country in your quarantine hotel.  These tests will need to be taken on or before day 2 and on day 8 of your 10 day quarantine period.  You must ensure that your hotel quarantine. along with your test package is booked before returning to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  You will need to place the confirmation reference number on your Passenger Locator Form.  this needs to be completed and submitted before your departure home.

Quarantine on return:

From the 17th May 2021, the following guidance is in place for quarantine requirements for arrivals into England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Children under 18 do not need to follow quarantine requirements, unless they are returning from France.

Green list countries

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the Green list, then you are not required to quarantine or self-isolate at your home on return.  You will need to follow the testing guidance as above.

Green watch list countries

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the Green watch list, then you are not required to quarantine or self-isolate at your home on your return.  You will need to follow the testing guidance as above.  Please remember that countries on the green watch list are able to move to the Amber or Red lists.  Therefore, should the country you are travelling from move before your arrival into England or Scotland,  you will need to follow the guidance below, depending on the new category.

Amber list countries

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the Amber list, then you will be required to complete a self-isolation period in your own home for a period of 10 days, unless you are returning to England. Scotland or Wales after the 19th July and have been fully vaccinated. You will also need to follow the testing guidance as above.  You are able to reduce the time in self-isolation should you wish by taking advantage of the test to release scheme.

If you are returning back to England, Scotland or Wales from the 19th July 2021, are fully vaccinated with a least 14 days since your last dose and are able to prove this through a vaccination certificate, then you will not be required to self-isolate on your return to England, Scotland or Wales.  If you are travelling back to Northern Ireland, then you should continue to follow the original advice as above. 

Red list countries

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the Red list, then you will be required to book yourself into a government approved hotel quarantine for a 10 day period.  This must be booked before you travel to the country.  You will also need to follow the testing guidance as above.  The cost of the hotel quarantine is to be covered by the traveller.

FURTHER INFORMATION
Foreign Office Advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/united-arab-emirates
Local regulations:

The use of face masks and social distancing is mandatory at all times.

 

Most shops and tourist attractions are open.  Restaurants are also open however they must close by 1am in the morning each day.

 

Private and hotel are open but will operate to a 70% capacity.

Remember to check countries you’re due to transit through as well as your destination.

The Information contained on this page is accurate to the best of our knowledge. It is provided as guidance only and is subject to review and change. Please check with official sources before booking and again regularly prior to travel, as information and requirements can change frequently and with little notice. Please visit the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office website at gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice or visit gov.uk/travelaware for country-specific information.

Last updated: 04.06.2021 at 16:27