Dubai holidays are beloved by British travellers thanks to the guaranteed sunshine the United Arab Emirates (UAE) offers. However, the country is now taking drastic measure to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus. Globally there are currently 533,416 cases of the virus and the UAE has 333 of these.
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Despite the relatively low number compared to other countries (the UK has 11,813) Dubai and its fellow emirates are taking no chances.
The country has gradually been rolling out tougher and tougher rules concerning entry.
Then, on Tuesday, the UAE stopped all inbound and outbound flights.
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has now updated its travel advice following this major move.
“Cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in UAE,” stated the FCO.
“The UAE authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus.
“You should comply with any additional measures put in place by the local authorities.
“The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) will be treated as a crime punishable by law.”
“The UAE suspended all inbound and outbound flights at 23:59 local time on Tuesday 24 March,” clarified the FCO.
“We know that British travellers in the UAE will have been affected by the recent suspension of flights. The British Embassy is collecting information to help understand how.
“If you are a remaining British traveller and in difficulty, contact the British Embassy on [email protected] or 04 309 4444 / 02 610 1100.
“Include your full name, passport number, visa status (resident or tourist), contact details and your particular circumstances.
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“In the meantime, you should continue to contact your airline or tour operator regarding any possible return flights.
“This will ensure any demand is logged in the airlines own assumptions about the number of people waiting to return to the UK.
“The British Embassy is in constant contact with the local authorities, airlines and other diplomatic missions to explore all possible avenues.”
There is also help for those intending to stay in the UAE.
“The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship have confirmed that visitors to the UAE who could not leave the country owing to the closure of borders will receive necessary support such as permissions to stay legitimately in the country,” explained the FCO.
“A specific mechanism will be announced in the coming days. More information can be found here.
“If you have any questions on the validity or expiry of your visa, contact UAE Immigration directly. If you’re living outside the UAE, contact the nearest UAE Embassy for advice.”
The FCO posted regarding cruise ships: “We understand that passenger cruises are currently not allowed to dock in the UAE as a result of measures taken to combat COVID-19. A UAE-wide notice to mariners has issued.
“Vessels already in port have been allowed to disembark passengers at the end of cruises.”
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