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Flights to Dubai sell like hotcakes, as this glittering Emirate is one of our most popular holiday destinations. If you’re keen to travel to the City of Gold, we understand that you might have some questions – so here’s everything you need to know. Find out about Dubai’s travel status, PCR testing, top attractions and more.

Is Dubai on the red list?

No – Dubai is currently on the UK Government’s ‘clear for travel’ list. That means you can travel to Dubai, but some PCR testing is required. And, if you’re fully vaccinated, you won’t need to quarantine when you return to the UK.

What are the entry requirements for Dubai?

You will need to have proof of a negative PCR test to enter Dubai. As long as you have a negative test, you won’t need to quarantine upon arrival.

What PCR tests do I need to do?

If you’re fully vaccinated, you need to take a PCR test before you travel to Dubai (no more than 48 hours beforehand) but you don’t need to take a test before flying home. You no longer need to quarantine when you return to the UK, but you must take a lateral flow test within two days of arriving back home.

But, if you’re not vaccinated, the rules are different. You’ll need to take a PCR test before you travel to Dubai, and another one before you fly home. When you get back to England, you must self-isolate at home for 10 days. You’ll be required to do a PCR test on day 2 and day 8. However, if you want to do an additional test on day 5, you can – if this result is negative, you can stop quarantining.

PCR test for quarantine-free travel to Dubai

Do I need to wear a facemask in Dubai?

Yes – you must wear a facemask in public at all times, unless you’re exercising, swimming, eating or drinking. Social distancing is also in place, so you should stay two metres away from others wherever possible.

Can I take a daytrip to Abu Dhabi?

If you are fully vaccinated, you can take a daytrip to Abu Dhabi from Dubai, with no testing or quarantining required.

Is the Burj Khalifa open?

Yes – you can still visit the world’s tallest building on your holiday. There are just a few changes. Tickets must be booked in advance online, and your temperature will be checked before you enter. You’ll also need to wear a mask, sanitise your hands, and adhere to social distancing.

Are Dubai’s theme parks open?

Popular theme parks like LEGOLAND® Dubai and IMG Worlds of Adventure are open. Your temperature will be checked before entry, and masks must be worn. Social distancing is in place – you’ll notice that queues have markers on the floor and some rides’ seats are left empty, to give everyone plenty of space. The rides and high-frequency touch points are regularly disinfected and the parks are deep-cleaned at the end of each day.

Dubai skyline Burj Khalifa