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Travel to Dubai during Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

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TRAFFIC LIGHT STATUS: Green

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Proof of vaccination:

NO

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: Not required
Test pre-travel: PCR Test
PCR Test locations: https://covidtraveladvice.kuoni.co.uk/pcr-test-locations
Test time:

All tourists, whether fully vaccinated or not, must present a negative RT-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 or digital certificate in English or Arabic to check in.  SMS certificates are not valid.  It is advised to print out your certificate as you may need to show this on arrival into Dubai.

Children aged 11 and under are exempt from taking a test to enter into Dubai.

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.  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.

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 should 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:

If you are fully vaccinated and returning from a Green / Rest of World list country, then you will not need to take a pre-departure test before returning to the UK.  Children aged 17 and under are also exempt, regardless of their vaccination status if returning to England, Scotland or Wales.  If you are returning to Northern Ireland and are aged 11 or over, then you must take a pre-departure test before you return.

If you are returning back from a red list destination, or are not fully vaccinated, then you must take a test and return a negative result within 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

Many hotels around the world will be able to assist in arranging the test for you, either by having a doctor to visit the hotel, or directing you to the nearest clinic and booking an appointment for you.

It is advisable to speak with the hotel once you arrive on the options available to ensure you are able to book an appointment for an appropriate time.  There are also companies who will provide you with a test from the UK and arrange a video call in your destination to verify the test and the result.

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. 

Green / Rest of World list countries

Travellers who are fully vaccinated

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the green / ROW 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.

If you are returning back to England from the 24th October 2021, then you will be able to book and undergo a lateral flow test at your own expense on or before day 2 of your return.  You will still need to book this test before returning to England and place a confirmation reference number on your passenger locator form.  If you are returning to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you must continue to follow the PCR guidance as above.

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the green / ROW list, then you will be required to undergo 2 further COVID-19 PCR tests at your own expense on or before day 2 and also on day 8 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 number on your Passenger Locator Form.  This will need to be completed and submitted before your departure home.  You will also need to follow the quarantine requirements, detailed in the 'Quarantine on return' section.

If you are aged between 5 and 17 and reside in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, then you will need to book and pay for a day 2 test on your return to the UK.  If you are aged between 11 and 17 and reside in Scotland, then you will also need to book and pay for a day 2 test on your return to the UK.  Anyone under these ages (10 and under in Scotland and 4 and under everywhere else - will be exempt from these tests)

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 whether you are fully vaccinated, or not.  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 to the United Kingdom.

Quarantine on return:

Green / Rest of World List countries

Travellers who are fully vaccinated

If you are able to prove that you have been fully vaccinated in the United Kingdom, then you will not need to quarantine on arrival back into England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  This also applies to children aged 17 and under regardless of their vaccination status.

To be classed as fully vaccinated, at least 14 days must have passed since the second of your two dose vaccination was given.

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated

If you are not fully vaccinated, then you will need to complete 10 days of quarantine at home once you arrive back into England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  You may be able to take a test on day 5 which will release you from quarantine early if negative.

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.  This applies to all travellers whether you are fully vaccinated, or not.  Children will also need to follow these rules.

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

You should wear a face mask in all indoor and outdoor public areas and maintain social distancing where possible.

Many local venues will also check temperatures before allowing you to enter.

Shops, supermarkets and pharmacies are open from 9am or 10am to around 11pm at night.

Restaurants and bars are open but may have reduced capacity.  It is advised to book in advance for any restaurant you may wish to visit.  You will need to wear your mask unless sat at your table.

You are able to use beaches, however please follow local guidance in relation to social distancing.

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: 07.10.2021 at 13:50