Dubai holidays: UAE welcomes Britons from July 7 but stringent rules apply to tourists

Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is a very popular holiday destination with British holidaymakers. Known for its futuristic architecture, luxury lifestyle and rich culture, it’s at the top of most people’s wish lists. Since the coronavirus pandemic began at the beginning of the year, travel restrictions from both the UAE and British government have meant that the holiday hotspot has been off limits.

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Now it seems Britons may be allowed to visit the city once again with the UAE reporting a low number of coronavirus cases in the past few weeks.

But there are strict requirements in place for any tourist looking to visit.

Anyone arriving in the country will have to prove that they have recently tested negative for COVID-19 with a certificate.

Alternatively, tourists could take a coronavirus test on arrival at the airport.

Dubai’s Media Office said in a tweet on Sunday that “tourists are required to present recent Covid-19 negative certificate or undergo testing at Dubai airports” when they arrive in the country.

A statement from Dubai’s Media Office added: “The new announcement will allow thousands of people affected by the worldwide restrictions in passenger air traffic since the start of the pandemic to resume their travel plans.”

Tourists visiting Dubai are also required to have international health insurance, coronavirus tests and a complete health declaration.

The popular holiday destination will be open to tourists from July 7.

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President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman and CEO of Emirates Airline and Group, Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said that the measures have been put in place so that they are prepared to deal with all possible outcomes.

He said: “The new protocols have been adopted after a detailed evaluation of the situation, both domestically and globally, and ensuring readiness to deal with all possible scenarios.

“The move comes at a time when the world is preparing to resume economic activities across sectors.

“Travel and tourism are among the key industries at the forefront of spurring global economic recovery.

“Our airports and national carriers are resuming larger scale operations by stringently implementing globally benchmarked precautionary and preventive measures that protect the health and safety of travellers.”

He added: “Since the beginning of the crisis, the UAE has implemented comprehensive measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our country has closely followed the directives of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), setting a global example in safeguarding the health and wellbeing of passengers and ensuring that flights operate smoothly.”

Citizens and residents will also be allowed to travel abroad from tomorrow.

Although this is good news for Britons itching to go abroad for a well-deserved holiday, it’s unclear whether British holidaymakers will be able to travel due to current Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice.

The FCO is advising Britons not to travel overseas unless its is “essential”.

Anyone returning from abroad to the UK will also now face mandatory quarantine rules.

An individual arriving in a UK airport will have to provide the address they are planning to stay at to the UK authorities and then isolate there for 14 days.

If anyone is caught breaking the rules, they could face a fine of up to £1,000.

Reportedly, British holidaymakers could enjoy a break abroad from July 4 according to new plans being drawn up by the government.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce “air bridge” plans on June 29 when the UK’s quarantine rules will be reviewed.

One source told the Telegraph: “The plan is to announce a small number of air bridges on June 29th, though it won’t come into force until July 4.

“Obviously it will depend on factors such as the scientific advice and the level of coronavirus infections at the time.

“The Foreign Office will also have to change its travel advice before then because that remains a block on people going abroad for holidays.”

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