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Updated 2 June 2022
Families in the UAE are all set for spring break in the upcoming two weeks. Taking a vacation can do wonders for you and your family and give you a much-needed break from the daily hustle and work routines.
If you’re looking for family-friendly getaways to unwind and have fun, check out our top family-friendly vacation ideas to enjoy your spring break this season
Update: travel ban on the UAE residents lifted
Effective 19 April 2022, the UAE has now lifted the travel ban on UAE residents from travelling abroad. The UAE has now allowed unvaccinated UAE residents to travel abroad.
The residents must present a negative result from a PCR test taken within 48 hours of travel. Additionally, the travellers must also complete travel forms in the Al Hosn app to turn their application status green.
The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority has also highlighted the importance of contacting the country’s diplomatic missions in other countries in case of a suspected infection, as well as of using the Tawajudi service, to ensure the safety of Emirati citizens during their travels under all emergency circumstances.
UAE spring break 2022 dates
The UAE spring break this year will last from 26 March until 10 April 2022.
What is spring break like in the UAE?
With the easing of almost all pandemic related restrictions in the UAE this year, many students have been looking forward for the much-awaited break. Several schools have also planned excursion trips and extra-curricular activities for the students to enjoy and explore the outdoors.
Spring break is a vacation period for schools and universities that take place in early spring in the United Arab Emirates. The break in the UAE is observed between school semesters, usually between March and April. The annual spring break lasts for about 2 weeks.
During this time, many families enroll their children in spring break camps or plan outings and activities that they can enjoy together. Desert camping, visiting famous landmarks, going to the movies or even planning an international trip have been some of the most favored activities.
Those looking for budget-friendly travel destinations from the UAE can also check out our list of must-visit countries.
Covid-19 travel advisory
The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has issued a new set of guidelines for UAE residents travelling out of the country:
— وزارة الصحة ووقاية المجتمع – MOHAP UAE (@mohapuae) May 31, 2022
- Check the Covid-19 stats (situation) in areas where the new variant is spreading and travel only if necessary.
- Vulnerable individuals such as the elderly, diabetics, and those with cardiovascular diseases must avoid travelling to areas where the virus is spreading unless necessary.
- Complete the recommended doses of the vaccine
- Wash your hands regularly (with soap and water or sanitizers with 70 percent alcohol)
- Maintain physical distance from others.
- Avoid crowded places
- Consult your doctor immediately if you feel sick
- Comply with local Covid-19 guidelines for travelling, transportation and gatherings.
- Conduct a PCR test to ensure your safety and avoid spreading the virus
Best UAE spring break destinations in 2022
For many students in the UAE, a spring break vacation is a perfect opportunity to plan family outings and activities. There’s nothing more relaxing than a vacation where you and your family can plan a holiday and enjoy doing various activities together.
If you find it cumbersome to travel to destinations having too many restrictions, here are a few accessible places to travel from the UAE. Most of these destinations do not require a COVID-19 negative PCR test on arrival for vaccinated travellers.
*Travel requirements are constantly changing; we advise you to always double-check with your destination country before planning your itinerary.
Fully vaccinated travellers from the UAE will not be required to present a pre-departure PCR test once they arrive in Austria. Vaccination certificates are only accepted in German or English. Minors 12 years and below can travel without COVID-19 vaccination or PCR testing requirements.
Bahrain has done away with PCR tests on arrival for all international passengers, regardless of vaccination status. However, only unvaccinated passengers will need to quarantine for 7 days after arriving in the country.
Denmark is one such nation that has lifted all COVID-19 restrictions for international travellers as well as inside its borders. Vaccinated travellers from the UAE are permitted to visit Denmark without testing or quarantine. Those inoculated with vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or World Health Organization (WHO) will be considered fully vaccinated.
Please note that vaccines are valid for 270 days from the date of completion, after which you will need to get a booster dose to travel without a PCR test.
Travelling to Germany from the UAE is very easy. Travellers to Germany only need to present proof of vaccination in English, German, French, Italian or Spanish, to enter. Although, the vaccine proof must show that a complete dose has been taken at least 14 days before travel. There is no requirement for quarantine on arrival.
Fully vaccinated passengers to Lebanon do not need to complete a pre-departure negative PCR test. To be considered as fully vaccinated, you should have received your second or third dose of any COVID-19 vaccine or one dose of a single dose vaccine not more than 6 months before your scheduled travel date. Travellers no longer need to register on the MOPH PASS to enter the country.
Most countries have also announced the easing of pandemic-related travel restrictions, making travel a lot easier and less time-consuming for those who wish to go on vacations or travel for other purposes.
UAE residents wanting to travel overseas can now easily book their flights and hotels in several destinations with no on-arrival quarantine requirements.