Can I travel to the UAE?

The UAE (Dubai only) reopened its borders to visitors on the 7th July 2020. We follow the advice of the UK government and as of 14th November 2020 the FCDO stated that the UAE is exempt from the FCDO advice against all non-essential international travel so you can now travel through the country. At this time the UAE government has advised you are only able to stay in the country if you fly into Dubai airort and stay in Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah or Ajman. While you can travel to Abu Dhabi by road only, you must have had a COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours and isolate for 14 days on arrival. Therefore, we are not offering Abu Dhabi at this time.


Transit through Dubai or Abu Dhabi

At present we will only be offering transit through the UAE. Only exceptional circumstances with authorisation will allow for stays. 

If you're just transiting through Dubai (not staying in the country) then you do not need a COVID PCR test unless your final country (destination) requires this. If your destination does require a test, you will need to provide proof of a negative result before continuing on with your journey. 

For example, if you are travelling to the Maldives, which requires all arrivals to have a negative COVID PCR test result, you will need to show your results to officials when at Dubai airport.

At present, you cannot stay in Abu Dhabi however you are able to transit. If you do transit through Abu Dhabi, then you do not need to have a PCR test unless your final country (destination) requires this. 


Are there any pre-departure requirements in regards to visas, passports and tests?

At present we will only be offering transit through the UAE. Only exceptional circumstances with authorisation will allow for stays. The following information does not apply for transit; please see details above for more information.

Tourist visas are currently being issued by the Dubai authorities only. As of 06 July, holders of full British passports can be granted a free of charge 30 day visitor/tourist visa upon arrival in the UAE (Dubai only). Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into the UAE. All travellers to the UAE must take a COVID-19 PCR test within 96 hours and receive a negative result prior to departure. You may also need to undertake a second test on arrival, and to complete a period of self-isolation. Before visitors fly to Dubai, they will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form and a Quarantine Form (see below for more info on tests and forms).


What are the quarantine guidelines in the UAE?

Once you have arrived in Dubai with a negative COVID test, no self-quarantine is necessary. 


What is life like in the UAE?

Currently Dubai is open to visitors but it is mandatory to wear face masks in all public places and closed places. The UAE government is monitoring the situation daily so you should keep up to date with the latest restrictions. 


If I test positive for COVID-19 in the UAE, what will happen?

If you tested positive for COVID-19 at the airport, you’ll be required to self- quarantine in the hotel or in hospital (depending on your health conditions). If you develop coronavirus symptoms whilst in the UAE, you should contact your travel insurance or healthcare provider for further advice. 


What is the airport experience like?

All passengers arriving into Dubai are reminded to adhere to a set of guidelines. You will need to present a negative COVID test (hard copy) taken within 96 hours of arrival. You must wear face masks, follow social distance measures (two metres where possible) and wash or sanitise your hands regularly. Temperature checks with thermal screening devices will be carried out throughout the terminal building. Visitors may be asked to take a COVID test on arrival and will be required to quarantine until the results are provided. 

On departure from Dubai, only valid ticket holders will be allowed into the terminal building and you must not go to the airport more than four hours before your scheduled flight time. Protective gloves and a face mask must be worn by all travellers and passengers displaying symptoms are advised to not come to the airport and seek medical advice. Visit for the latest updates and guidelines.


What are the transfers like?

Drivers will wear masks throughout the service and disinfect the vehicle after each transfer as per UAE government regulations. You should wear a face mask and sanitise your hands. 


What should I expect at the hotel?

Hotels are open and are expected to follow a strict sterilisation and disinfecting process and COVID-safe directives as set out by Dubai Tourism. Online and contactless check-in is used where possible and specific facilities may be limited. Nightclubs will be closed and minibars will not be in use in hotel rooms. Specific facilities atthe the resorts and hotels may have limited use or be closed. Attractions and beaches are usually open but with stringent guidelines for use in place. 


How should I keep safe in the UAE?

You should wear a face mask in public places and adhere to social distancing protocols, and ensuring you register all visits for tracking. You must also download the ‘C19 DXB Smart’ app which is used government to track every visitor. You should continue to practice good levels of hygiene as advised by the NHS while you are on holiday. You can refer to the government website for detailed information but there are a few basic principles to follow: avoiding being face-to-face with people, keep your hands and face as clean as possible, keep indoor places well ventilated, avoid crowded spaces, use face masks and wash your clothes regularly.


Do I need to quarantine in the UK on my return from the UAE?

The FCDO advises that UK nationals returning from Crete need to quarantine for 14 days on their return to the UK.


Forms and tests required for travel to and from the UAE

You must take a COVID-19 (PCR) test within 96 hours and receive a negative result which you must print out and hand over to authorities on arrival. Before you fly to Dubai, you’ll also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form and a Quarantine Form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Finally, you will have to register your details on the COVID-19 DXB App. 

With effect from 01 August 2020, all travellers departing from the Abu Dhabi to the EU and UK will need to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 96 hours prior to their departure. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. A UK arrival form must be completed 48 hours before your return home.