Dubai warning: UK Government updates travel alert for UAE amid coronavirus crisis

Dubai warning: UK Government updates travel alert for UAE amid coronavirus crisis

Dubai is normally a very popular holiday destination for British tourists. The city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) boasts much luxury, guaranteed sun and plenty to keep everyone entertained. Sadly, holidays to Dubai are currently off the cards as the coronavirus pandemic grips the globe.

“The authorities have introduced strict measures to limit the spread of COVID-19,” explained the FCO.

“You should keep up to date with local public health measures and comply with instructions.

“If you fail to do so you risk being fined or imprisoned. The authorities have advised that the public should remain at home unless they need to buy food, basic essentials or medicine, and maintain social distancing when doing so.

“Since 6 April Dubai residents must apply for a permit if they need to leave their homes for essential purposes (i.e. for food, medicine or medical assistance).


“You can apply for a permit through the Dubai permits website.

“Malls, Restaurants, tourist and cultural sites have been closed temporarily. Pharmacies and Supermarkets remain open.

“All schools in the UAE are now closed for the remainder of this academic year.

“Many events have been cancelled. If you are planning to attend a specific event in the UAE, check with the organisers.”

“For a fee, visitors already in-country before 19 March can extend their visa twice without leaving the country. Each extension is for an additional 30 days.

“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’s general travel advice for anywhere in the world is currently as follows: “As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Any country or area may restrict travel without notice.

“If you live in the UK and are currently travelling abroad, you are strongly advised to return now, where and while there are still commercial routes available. Many airlines are suspending flights and many airports are closing, preventing flights from leaving.”

Published at Wed, 08 Apr 2020 06:59:00 +0000