The Foreign Office has updated its advice for people travelling to the United Arab Emirates and Oman.
Direct flights from London terminals, including Heathrow, are taking place to Dubai.
And direct return flights to the UK are scheduled from Oman.
However, the Government has warned against “all but essential travel” to the whole of the region due to Covid-19 risks.
Let’s take a look at the rules and guidelines in place for those needing to visit the area.
From June 8, the Foreign Office said direct flights will run from England however travellers must depart from “dedicated terminals” at Heathrow and Birmingham airports.
Travel within UEA
Since June 2020, travel to the region has been restricted but movement within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed.
The FO said: “Covid-19 cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak.
” These can vary between each Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and whilst you are in the UAE, and ensure you comply.
“The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 will be treated as a crime punishable by law.”
Public spaces and shops
“Most shops, restaurants, tourist attractions and religious establishments are open,” the FO said but there are restrictions and requirements in place to help contain the disease.
It added: “Social distancing and the wearing of face masks is mandatory when away from your home. This also applies to visitors staying in hotels when they are not in their room.
Travellers should note that many events in the region have been cancelled and those planning on going to a specific one should check with organisers.
Returning to the UK
From June 8, direct flights can arrive in England from the UAE, but they must arrive at dedicated terminals at Heathrow and Birmingham airports.
Travellers returning to the UK will have to follow a new set of rules.
The FO said: “You are responsible for organising your own Covid-19 test, in line with UK government testing requirements.
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The Foreign Office advises against all but essential travel to the whole of Turkey based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.
Turkey is on the red list for entering England. It means you would have to quarantine in a hotel if you do return to England from there.
From 4am 12 May, direct flights from Turkey to England are prohibited. However, from 8 June, direct flights can arrive in England from Turkey, but they must arrive at dedicated terminals at Heathrow and Birmingham airports.
Travel in Turkey
Nationwide curfews are in place until at least 1 July as follows:
- On weekdays and Saturdays, the curfew lasts from 10pm until 5am the following morning; and
- On Sundays, the curfew lasts from 10pm on Saturday evening until 5am on Monday morning.
Public transport will be limited to 50% capacity, with no standing passengers allowed.
Public spaces and services
Provinces in Turkey are split into four tiers by COVID-19 risk: low, medium, high and very high. A map of Turkey illustrating these tiers is available from the Ministry of Health. This information will be updated regularly and you should check the status of your intended destination before travelling.
The wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, sea side and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops.
Smoking in open areas (streets, avenues and other open public areas) is banned.
New COVID-19 restrictions will be in place until at least July 1.
Restaurants will be open from 7am to 9pm and for delivery only from 9pm to midnight during weekdays and Saturdays. During Sunday lockdowns, only delivery will be possible from 7am to midnight.
On Sundays, supermarkets, grocery stores, butchers and bakeries will operate between 10am and 5pm for essential grocery items only. Shopping malls will be closed on Sundays.
During Sunday curfews, residents are permitted to walk to their nearest store, for essential needs only. Older people, and those who cannot meet their own needs, are advised not to go out, and will receive assistance if they call 112, 155 or 156. Driving is not permitted. Swimming pools, gyms, football pitches, beauty salons, Turkish baths, cinemas, amusement parks and internet cafes will be open Monday to Saturday, and closed on Sundays.
Restrictions apply to all but temporary visitors for tourism. Residence permit holders who do not abide by COVID-19 restrictions may be issued with a fine of up to 3,150 TL (approximately £290) or have their residency cancelled. Follow Turkish announcements and local media for up to date information.
The Foreign Office advises against all but essential travel to Egypt based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.
Since June 8, Egypt has been on the red list for entering England.
Commercial flights to and from Egypt remain limited. Check with your travel company for the latest information.
Public spaces and services
Everyone should comply with the measures put in place in Egypt to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Egyptian authorities’ response to the coronavirus is evolving, and local measures may change and new restrictions be introduced at short notice and without warning.
There are currently restrictions on public transportation operating from midnight until 4am. There are also restrictions on schools, universities, cafes, bars, clubs, hotels and tourist locations operating at a reduced capacity. The authorities may announce the closure of public spaces, including parks and beaches at short notice, in particular around public holidays.
You should follow the guidance of the local authorities. The wearing of face masks is mandatory in closed public spaces, including government buildings, private offices, malls, retail outlets and public transport including private taxis. Legal penalties could be applied for non-compliance.