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Travel Warnings

United States: Department of State International Travel Information

Latest advice,

Global Health Advisory: Do Not Travel. Avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.

Exercise normal precautions in the UAE. 

Due to risks to civil aviation operating within the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman region, including the United Arab Emirates, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an advisory Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) and/or a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR). For more information U.S. citizens should consult the Federal Aviation Administration’s Prohibitions, Restrictions and Notices.

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page

If you decide to travel to the UAE:

Last Update: Reissued after addition of NOTAM.

Australia: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Travel Advice

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade does not issue travel warnings for specific countries, but issues travel advice for every country. The information below is excerpted from its summary assessments of United Arab Emirates

Current as of: 6 July 2020
Last Reviewed: 25 June 2020
Latest Advice: Do not travel to the United Arab Emirates.

5 June 2020

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There's a ban on overseas travel from Australia. This ban is administered by the Department of Home Affairs. You can’t leave Australia unless you seek an exemption from Home Affairs.

If you’re trying to get home, and can still book commercial flights, do so as soon as possible. 

If you're staying where you are, make plans to remain for an extended period.  Ensure you have a safe place to stay, follow the advice of local authorities and minimise your risk of exposure to COVID-19. Stay in touch with family and friends so they know you're safe.

Our network of embassies and consular posts around the world will provide you with up to date local advice and support throughout this difficult period. We also encourage you to subscribe to Smartraveller for the latest advice.

For more information see our Coronavirus (COVID-19) – information for Australian travellers page.

For information on the travel ban, please contact the Department of Home Affairs.

United Kingdom: Foreign and Commonwealth Office Foreign Travel Advice

Coronavirus: stay up to date

The UAE authorities have introduced measures to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). On 2 April the UAE Government suspended the entry of all UAE residents returning from abroad and on 8 April introduced a new permit system for any resident wishing to return.

Entry is only permitted to UAE nationals and residents who have applied for re-entry online and have been given permission to re-enter with a unique reference code. This will be used to then book flights back to the UAE with Emirates or Etihad airlines. For full information, see Entry requirements

There are regular flights operating between the UAE and UK. See Return to the UK

If you are a British traveller in the UAE, you should contact the British Embassy if you are in difficulty. For details, see Return to the UK

Around 1.5 million British nationals visit the UAE every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

Following the attack on the coalition base at Taji in Iraq on 11 March, and subsequent US airstrikes, tensions may be raised across the region. There is a possibility of an increased threat against Western interests, including against UK citizens. You should remain vigilant and keep up to date with the latest developments, including via the media and this travel advice.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities announced the suspension of diplomatic relations with Qatar in 2017. All air and sea points of entry between UAE and Qatar were closed on 6 June 2017. See Qatar

Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in the UAE. See Terrorism

If you’re planning to travel with prescribed or over the counter medicines for personal use, you’ll need to meet the UAE’s specific requirements for your medicine to be allowed into the country. See Medication

The UAE is a Muslim country. Laws and customs are very different to those in the UK. You should respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times. There may be serious penalties for doing something that might not be illegal in the UK. See Local laws and customs

You can contact the emergency services by calling 999 (police), 997 (fire) or 998 (ambulance).

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.