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Updated 16 August 2022
Summer break in the UAE is special for school-going children and families alike. This year’s summer break will be more special as this will be the school break after continuous travel disruptions and restrictions due to COVID-19, and families across the country have already begun making their summer vacation plans and packing their bags to take full advantage of the upcoming break.
Looking for destinations to spend your summer vacation this year? We got you covered. Check out our top family-friendly vacation ideas to enjoy your summer break this season.
UAE summer break 2022 dates
The UAE summer break, which coincides with school break, will last from late June until 28 August 2022. Spring break is also just a few months before summer break from 26 March to 10 April 2022.
What is summer 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 to the much-awaited break. Residents living in the UAE, mostly comprised of Indians and Pakistanis, look forward to the summer break to return back to their home country and reunite with family members.
To combat the hot weather, families organise beach trips, visit popular waterparks, go to the movies or even plan an international trip. Airfares usually sky-rocket around summertime and it is advisable to book your tickets months in advance. Those looking for budget-friendly travel destinations from the UAE can also check out our list of must-visit countries.
COVID-19 travel advisory for UAE residents
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
UAE rules on outbound travel
Effective immediately, under the UAE travel protocol for UAE Nationals 18 years old and above, they must meet one of the following requirements to travel out of Dubai:
- Must have completed one (1) dose of an approved vaccine and a period of one month has not lapsed from the date of the vaccination and the date of travel; or
- Must have competed two (2) doses of an approved vaccine; or
- If not vaccinated, the passenger must present a valid negative Covid‑19 PCR Test certificate that is issued within 48 hours from the time of sample collection and the time of boarding the aircraft. The COVID‑19 PCR test certificate has to be issued from an approved health service provider and must contain a QR code.
The following categories of UAE Nationals are exempted from the specified travel conditions provided they obtain an official letter from the relevant health authority in the UAE:
- Individuals medically exempted from taking the vaccine
- Humanitarian cases
- Individuals travelling for medical and/or treatment purposes
Any exception must be obtained by the individuals from the relevant authorities before arrival to airport or making travel arrangements.
Best UAE summer vacation destinations in 2022
For many students in the UAE, the summer 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. However, make sure to quickly grab your tickets this summer break as booking volumes are accelerating as summer holidays draw closer. If you haven’t made travel arrangements, we highly recommend you to get ahead and book your tickets now to avid disappointments and ensure that you are able to travel on preferred dates and flights.
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.
There are no longer any COVID‑19 entry restrictions for travel to Egypt. Passengers are no longer required to hold a COVID 19 vaccination certificate or a COVID 19 test result to enter the country. Quarantine restrictions have also been lifted.
There are no longer any COVID‑19 entry restrictions for travel to Jordan. This includes requirements for testing, vaccination and quarantine.
According to the latest testing and travel requirements to India, all travellers who can present a valid vaccination certificate that reflects the completion of doses of vaccine approved by the WHO or the UAE, provided with QR code System are exempted from pre-arrival test requirements. Those who are unvaccinated must:
- Submit a self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha portal and upload a negative RT-PCR test report or vaccine certificate before the scheduled travel.
- This test should have been conducted within 72 hrs prior to undertaking the journey.
Passengers are subject to random testing on arrival at the airport. Passengers selected for testing will submit the samples and be allowed to leave the airport. Passengers who test positive will be treated/isolated according to current guidelines.
Children below 5 years old are exempt from both pre‑departure and on‑arrival testing. There are no quarantine restrictions in place.
Thailand Pass QR code is required for non‑Thai nationals to enter Thailand. The QR code is valid for the requested arrival date and within 72 hours after the arrival date as indicated on the QR code.
UAE nationals are required to register for a Thailand Pass and enter Thailand with the following required documents, depending on their vaccination status:
Fully vaccinated travellers
- Valid Thai visa or re‑entry permit (if required)
- Valid Thailand Pass QR code
- Certificate of vaccination (according to Thai Ministry of Public Health regulations)
- Required documents for Thailand Pass Registration include your passport, certificate of vaccination and proof of insurance with at least USD 10,000 coverage for medical treatment in Thailand or worldwide, which should cover the cost of treatment and other medical expenses, including inpatient hospitalisation for the whole duration of their stay in Thailand (not required for Thai citizens who are entitled to the national health insurance system)
Unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated travellers
- Valid Thai visa or re‑entry permit (if required)
- Valid Thailand Pass QR code
- RT‑PCR or Pro‑ATK (Antigen Test Kit) test result issued within 72 hours before departure (self‑ATK not permitted)
- Required documents for Thailand Pass Registration include passport, RT‑PCR or Pro‑ATK test result issued within 72 hours before departure and insurance with at least USD 10,000, which should cover the cost of treatment and other medical expenses, including inpatient hospitalisation for the whole duration of their stay in Thailand (not required for Thai travellers who are entitled to the national health insurance system)
The following rules apply for both vaccinated and unvaccinated/partially vaccinated travellers:
- Travellers can use their approved Thailand Pass QR code to enter Thailand on the arrival date mentioned on the QR code and this QR code will be valid for 72 hours after the original date of arrival.
- Thailand Pass QR code cannot be reused.
- Thailand Pass QR code will be automatically issued within 1‑2 hours once you have completed the registration.
- Results of self‑ATK will not be accepted for travel.
From 1 June 2022, all passengers will no longer be required to quarantine on arrival.
Passengers are no longer required to carry COVID‑19 test, recovery or vaccination certificates to be accepted for travel. Quarantine restrictions will also be lifted.
Bahrain has done away with PCR tests and quarantine on arrival for all international passengers, regardless of vaccination status.
France has recently ended all its COVID-19 related entry restrictions since 1 August 2022. Travellers to France do not need to show proof of vaccination or proof of having recovered from COVID-19. Pre-departure testing has also been done away with.
There are no quarantine measures in place.
There are no longer any COVID‑19 entry restrictions for travel to Maldives. Passengers are no longer required to have a COVID‑19 vaccination certificate or a COVID‑19 test result to enter the country. Quarantine restrictions have also been lifted.
Complete the online within 96 hours before arrival in the Maldives. Obtain a QR code and present it to the Immigration Officer on arrival. Passengers travelling to the Maldives as tourists must have a confirmed hotel reservation for their stay at registered tourist facilities.
There are no longer any COVID 19 entry restrictions for travel to Turkey. Passengers are no longer required to hold a COVID 19 vaccination certificate or a COVID 19 test result to enter the country. Quarantine restrictions have also been lifted.
The UK has done away with all COVID-19 entry requirements from 18 March 2022. There is no need for travellers to fill in a passenger locator form before travelling. In addition, unvaccinated travellers no longer need to take a pre-departure test. Vaccinated passengers do not need to present a vaccine certificate on arrival.
Please note that due to a huge influx of travellers to the UK, visitor visa processing time now exceeds 7 weeks and has also resulted in lengthy airport queues and baggage delays. In addition, UK’s Heathrow airport has announced a cap on the number of departing passengers at 100,000 a day until 29 October 2022. We advise you to check with your airlines in case of possible flight cancellations or delays.
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.