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.
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.
The only exceptions to the rules are those travelling from the Common Travel Area.
On the weekend, Spain announced it will allow UK tourists to enter the country without having to undergo a quarantine period.
However, on return to the UK from Spain Britons will have to quarantine.
Published at Mon, 22 Jun 2020 07:03:00 +0000