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.
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The UAE has taken increasingly stricter measures to fight the spread of the deadly virus.
There are currently 1,431,375 cases of coronavirus globally. The UAE has 2,359 of these.
The country has long closed down its borders to tourists but continues to update its measures.
Yesterday the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued the latest travel advice to Britons.
“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.”
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Dubai and the UAE also updated its measures when it came to entry requirements.
The FCO explained: “On 2 April the UAE Government announced its decision to renew for a further two weeks the suspension of entry of all UAE Residents who are currently abroad. This period could be extended.
“The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) has provided a hotline for holders of valid UAE Residence visas who wish to return to the UAE: +971 (0)9 208 3344.
“If you are transiting through a UAE airport to another destination, check with your carrier before travelling.
“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.”
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