If you are returning to the UK from the UAE on or after 4am on 14 November, you do not need to self-isolate on your return. Check the latest guidance for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Travel to the United Arab Emirates is subject to entry restrictions
- Residents returning to Dubai still need to get approval before travelling. Those returning to other parts of the UAE no longer need to get approval
- Visit and tourist visas are currently being issued by the Dubai authorities only. Tourists and visitors cannot travel to Abu Dhabi by air
- Travellers coming from the UK to Dubai have the option to either present a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test before departure, which is valid for 96 hours from the date of the test, or to take a PCR test on arrival at Dubai airport
- Travellers to the rest of the UAE must have carried out a COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test within 96 hours and received a negative result prior to their departure (there are exemptions for Emirati citizens). Depending on your port of entry, you may also need to undertake a second test on arrival, to wear a government-provided wristband and to complete a period of self-isolation or quarantine
- If departing from Abu Dhabi to the EU and UK, you will need to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 96 hours prior to your departure. This no longer applies for travel from Dubai to the UK
- If youâ€™re travelling from the UAE to other countries that require a negative COVID-19 PCR test before arrival, you must have a negative test result within 96 hours of your departure from the UAE
- You should check specific requirements with your carrier before you travel
See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.
Preparing for your return journey to the UK
If youâ€™re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:
Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.
If youâ€™re planning travel to the United Arab Emirates, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)â€™s guidance on foreign travel insurance.
Around 1.5 million British nationals visit the United Arab Emirates (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 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 youâ€™re planning to travel with prescribed or over the counter medicines for personal use, youâ€™ll need to meet the UAEâ€™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 youâ€™re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.