Dubai is back on the UK’s travel corridors – meaning that Brits won’t need to quarantine for 14 days when they return after 4am on Saturday 4th November.
This week, Grant Shapps revealed that there were eight countries back on the travel corridors, one of which was the UAE.
The FCDO subsequently changed its travel advice to allow for non-essential travel to the country, Dubai included.
Of course the caveat is that England is currently on a second national lockdown, which includes a ban on international travel. These restrictions are set to end on the 2nd December – so provided there’s no spike in coronavirus cases in the UAE, the city could be open to Brits after a bit of winter sun.
You won’t need to quarantine when you arrive in Dubai either, although you will need to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test.
The FCDO explains: “Travellers coming from the UK to Dubai have the option to either present a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test before departure, which is valid for 96 hours from the date of the test, or to take a PCR test on arrival at Dubai airport.”
(You’ll also need to apply for a tourist visa – you can find out more in the Foreign Office’s UAE travel advice ).
If you are thinking of planning a trip, there are already some deals to be had.
For example, British Airways has five-night packages on offer with prices from £496pp in February, £477pp in March and £414pp in April – you can see the full list of deals here.
Meanwhile, Travelbag has packages based on travel in May 2021. For example, there are five-night stays from £649pp, staying at the 5* Habtoor Grand Resort Autograph Collection on a half-board basis, with flights from London Heathrow. ( Find out more here.)
Emirates currently has three-night packages from £529pp based on travel in May 2021.
Following the news that UAE was back on the UK’s travel corridors, Emirates’ Chairman and Chief Executive HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said: “We welcome the UK’s decision to add the UAE to its list of countries where arriving travellers are exempt from quarantine. This is a positive development for the many people in the UAE who have been yearning to spend time with family and friends in the UK, and vice versa. It is also a recognition of the UAE’s effective response in containing the pandemic.
“We believe this move will benefit businesses and tourism, and Emirates is ready to reinstate more flight services between Dubai and the UK to serve customer demand.”
- While the travel advice mentioned is correct at the time of writing, travel restrictions are subject to change during the pandemic so make sure to check the latest FCDO UAE advice before planning, booking or going on a trip.