Dubai Holidays: Travel Rules Vaccinated And Unvaccinated Brits Must Follow For UAE Travel

Dubai Holidays: Travel Rules Vaccinated And Unvaccinated Brits Must Follow For UAE Travel

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Dubai is one of the United Arab Emirate’s (UAE) most popular holiday destinations, attracting approximately 1.2 million Britons in 2019 before the coronavirus pandemic hit. The nation spent seven months on the UK’s red list, with leisure travel banned, until the most recent traffic light travel update.

Now, the UAE is on the UK’s amber list for travel, which means holidays can once again go ahead.

However, there are varying restrictions for those hoping to visit the country.

Different rules apply to those who are vaccinated and unvaccinated when returning to the UK from the UAE.

Furthermore, the UAE and Dubai specifically have their own entry requirements in place for UK arrivals.

Dubai: The UAE is on the amber list which means holidays are back on. (Image: Getty Images)

What rules are in place for the UAE now that it is on the amber list?

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) no longer advises “against all but essential travel to the UAE, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks”.

Now that the nation is categorised as amber, fully vaccinated Britons are able to travel from the UAE to the UK without facing quarantine.

However, travellers entering the UK from the UAE must be able to prove they have received two doses of a UK, European Union (EU) or US approved and administered vaccine.

They are also subject to a pre-departure coronavirus test, as well as a PCR test on day two of their return.

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Unvaccinated travellers face 10 days of mandatory self-isolation at home.

They must also take a pre-departure test, as well as two further PCR tests on day two and day eight of their quarantine period.

This is a major change, however, from when the UAE was on the red list.

Previously, only UK and Irish citizens or residents were able to enter the country from the UAE.

They were then required to spend 10 days (11 nights) in a Government-approved quarantine hotel at their own expense.

Dubai: The UAE is on the amber list which means holidays are back on. (Image: Getty Images)

What rules are in place for the UAE now that it is on the amber list?

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) no longer advises “against all but essential travel to the UAE, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks”.

Now that the nation is categorised as amber, fully vaccinated Britons are able to travel from the UAE to the UK without facing quarantine.

However, travellers entering the UK from the UAE must be able to prove they have received two doses of a UK, European Union (EU) or US approved and administered vaccine.

They are also subject to a pre-departure coronavirus test, as well as a PCR test on day two of their return.

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Unvaccinated travellers face 10 days of mandatory self-isolation at home.

They must also take a pre-departure test, as well as two further PCR tests on day two and day eight of their quarantine period.

This is a major change, however, from when the UAE was on the red list.

Previously, only UK and Irish citizens or residents were able to enter the country from the UAE.

They were then required to spend 10 days (11 nights) in a Government-approved quarantine hotel at their own expense.

Dubai is a popular holiday destination for BritsCredit: Getty – Contributor Is Dubai on the amber list for summer holidays?

Countries have been placed on a green, amber or red list depending on the risk they pose to the UK, as well as the current Covid situation in the country and their own vaccine rollout.

Dubai has not been added to the green list for quarantine-free holidays.

It spent months on the dreaded red list – but as of 4am on August 8 has moved to the amber list.

What are the current UK travel restrictions for Dubai?

Since Sunday, August 8, Dubai has moved from the red list to the amber list.

This means Brits need the following when returning to the UK from the UAE:

  • A negative test taken pre-arrival
  • A mandatory ten-day quarantine at home
  • Two Covid tests, taken on day two and day eight

However, double vaxxed Brits can skip the quarantine but will still need to have negative Covid tests pre-arrival and on day two.

But Brits must have a negative Covid test to enter the UAE if arriving in Dubai and taken no more than 72 hours before arrival.

Positive tests result in a 10-day quarantine at a hospital, hotel or accommodation.

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Also required from UK arrivals are a Health Declaration Form and a Quarantine Form, both of which must be printed out and filled in.

The Covid-19 DXB app must also be downloaded and filled in.

However, Brits do not need to be vaccinated to visit Dubai unlike most countries in Europe.

Most Covid restrictions have also been lifted in Dubai with bars and restaurants open again, although face masks are still required in some public areas.

When will Dubai go onto the green list?

It is not known when Dubai will go onto the green list.

Countries have been placed on a green list depending on the risk they pose to the UK, as well as the current Covid situation in the country and their own vaccine rollout.

On August 7, Dubai reported 691,554 new cases of coronavirus have been reported along with 1,971 deaths.

Their cases have been increasing since January this year.

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