Dubai holidays: Latest FCDO update as UAE clamps down on COVID tests for tourists

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Dubai holidays come with a number of travel restrictions at the moment. Yesterday, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued a new update for the UAE. The country is clamping down on entry restrictions.

The UAE has a particularly tough stance on coronavirus testing.

“The UAE authorities have stated that with effect from 11 August, all citizens, returning residents, transit passengers and tourists have to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test in the country they are currently in and have proof of a negative result before travelling to the UAE,” explained the FCDO.

“The test must be a PCR swab test. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted.

“The test must have been carried out within 96 hours of departure. The test result is required for travellers from all countries arriving at all airports in the UAE.”

The latest update also concerns trips to Abu Dhabi.

“Visit and tourist visas are not currently being issued by the Abu Dhabi authorities at Abu Dhabi airport.

“Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours.

“All arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for 14 days on arrival and will be required to wear a medically-approved wristband for the duration of their quarantine.

“The wristband will be provided at Abu Dhabi airport after clearing immigration.

“Arrivals under the age of 18, over the age of 60, diplomats or those suffering from a chronic disease will be exempt from having to wear the wristband.”

Britons in Dubai are no longer required to test for COVID before departing the UAE.

“On October 2 the Dubai Media Office announced that Emiratis, residents and tourists travelling overseas from Dubai are only required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test prior to departure if their destination country requires a pre-travel negative test certificate.

“It is not a requirement for travellers to the UK to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test prior to arrival in the UK.”

However, the rules differ for those in Abu Dhabi.

“With effect from August 1, 2020, all travellers departing from the Abu Dhabi to the EU and UK will need to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 96 hours prior to their departure,” stated the FCDO.

“This is also a requirement for travellers to other countries that require a negative COVID-19 PCR test before arrival.

“Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement.”

A certain amount of admin will also be required.

“All travellers departing from the UAE to the UK will also be required to complete the UK Government Public Health Passenger Locator Form online and provide a printed copy at the airport before departing the UAE,” said the FCDO.

Britons must also remember that Dubai and the UAE are not on the UK’s travel corridor list so they will have to quarantine for 14 days on return home.

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