Updated 31 October 2022
The United Arab Emirates, Dubai specifically, is a prominent name on the list of countries loved by tourists.
Here, we break down the rules you’ll have to adhere to while flying from the UK to Dubai.
Can I travel to Dubai?
Yes, you can. Dubai allows all categories of passengers. Leisure travellers and vacationers, too, can visit this modern-day paradise.
Passengers travelling to Dubai from all countries (the UK included) must fulfil one of the below requirements:
- Present a valid vaccination certificate(s) reflecting that the passenger is fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the WHO or the UAE, and includes a QR code
- Present a valid negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate issued within 48 hours from the time of sample collection to the time of boarding and the certificate must be issued by an approved health service provider with a QR code
- Present a valid medical certificate issued by the relevant authorities that the passenger has recovered from COVID‑19 within 1 month from the date of recovery to the date of arrival
- Printed or digital PCR test certificates or vaccination certificates are accepted in English or Arabic and must include a QR code. SMS certificates are not accepted.
- COVID‑19 vaccination certificates without a QR code will be accepted for travel to Dubai as long as the vaccination certificate is issued by test centres/organisations recognised/approved by the national health authorities of the country.
- COVID‑19 PCR test or vaccination certificates in other languages are acceptable if they can be validated at the departure point.
- PCR tests must be based on a molecular diagnostic test intended for the qualitative detection of nucleic acid for SARS‑COV‑2 viral RNA. Rapid antigen, antibody or any form of rapid lateral flow tests and home test kits will not be accepted.
- NHS COVID‑19 test certificates for travel from the United Kingdom to Dubai will not be accepted.
Travellers must undergo an RT-PCR test to detect COVID-19 on arrival in Dubai (only if requested) and quarantine themselves until they receive a negative result. Passengers who test positive must follow the guidelines issued by Dubai Health Authority.
Flights from the UK to Dubai
British Airways has connecting flights operated by other airlines but mind the tediously long layovers. Other connecting flights are also available with Pegasus Air, Turkish Airlines, SkyUp Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines, KLM, RyanAir, and Air France.