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Can I travel to Dubai? Latest rules for Brits including quarantine and PCR tests

Can I travel to Dubai and do you have to quarantine when back in the UK – we look at the latest travel rules for Brits as the UAE is currently on the UK’s amber list

Dubai is currently on the amber list for Brits

Dubai holidays are back on the cards for Brits with the UAE currently open to UK holidaymakers, not to mention that it’s currently on the amber list.

Previously, the UAE was in the red category placing destinations such as Dubai on the quarantine list, with returning Brits having to stay in quarantine hotels in the UK.

So, do you have to quarantine from Dubai now?

In short no, provided you’re fully vaccinated. In August the UAE was moved to the amber list. This means any Brits returning to the UK will need to take a pre-departure test and two PCR tests on days two and eight of being back. Meanwhile, adults who are not fully vaccinated against Covid will be required to self-isolate at home for 10 days.

It is worth noting that England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland all have their own red, amber and green lists. These have usually been nearly identical, but it’s worth checking the rules from your departure point as travel restrictions can change quickly during the pandemic.

As for the entry requirements to visit Dubai?

According to the Emirates website, if you’re travelling to Dubai from the UK you’ll need to have a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before departure.

The airline explains: “All passengers travelling to Dubai from the UK must hold a negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure and the certificate must be a Reverse Transcription‑Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT‑PCR) test. Note that NHS Covid Test certificates are not accepted for travel from the United Kingdom.”

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Visitors will also need to complete a health declaration form and a quarantine form, although visitors to Dubai will not be required to quarantine. (It’s worth noting that you may be required to take a PCR test on arrival in which case you may be asked to self-isolate until the result is confirmed).

Travel rules can change quickly during the pandemic, so if you are planning a trip make sure to check the latest updates in the Foreign Office’s UAE travel advice, where you can also find more information including entry requirements.

Dubai is open to UK holidaymakers


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If you are thinking of a trip to Dubai, you may want to check out our Dubai city guide which is filled with tips on the best things to see and do while you’re there whether that’s exploring the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, or wandering through the souks in the Dubai Mall.

Oh, an if you’re looking to stick to a budget we’ve also rounded up some of the best Dubai holiday deals for 2021 and 2022 worth having on your radar.

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