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UAE residents are now allowed to travel abroad, with many major airlines starting to resuming operations. However, the UAE is currently on the UK’s red list which means that non-resident travellers departing from Dubai will not be granted entry.

But if you’re a UK citizen or have residency rights, entry to the UK will still be permitted but you must serve a 10-day mandatory quarantine period upon arrival. If you’re among the ones eligible for entry to the UK, we’ve put together a short guide for your Dubai – London trip.

 

Key points UAE residents need to know before going abroad

All Emiratis looking to travel abroad must comply with the guidelines outlined by UAE authorities. A few things you need to know and prepare:

  • Register yourself for Twajudi services
  • Get tested for Coronavirus. The test must be conducted no more than 48 hours before the departure date and you must present the negative test results at both the departure and arrival airports via the Al HOSN app.
  • You must obtain a valid international medical insurance covering your country of destination

 

Travelling from Dubai to London

For those allowed entry, the following requirements must be satisfied:

  • Provide a negative COVID‑19 test result taken no more than 3 days before travel. The test provider must meet the standards for pre‑departure testing. The test certificate must be presented with the correct details. More information on the test can be found here. Children aged under 11 do not need to take a test
  • Book a managed quarantine hotel and enter the confirmed hotel details in a passenger locator form.
  • Complete an online passenger locator form 48 hours before arrival with the details of your quarantine hotel or you will not be able to board.
  • Quarantine in a government-approved hotel for 10 days on arrival. You will also get 2 coronavirus tests taken on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of your quarantine.
  • Follow the national lockdown rules

Required documents

  • Complete the Passenger Locator form within 48 hours before your arrival in the UK. This must include the details of your quarantine hotel or you will not be able to board the flight.
  • Present at check‑in a negative COVID‑19 test certificate for a test taken 3 days before departure to board the flight to the UK.

 

Dubai airport rules and requirements

According to Dubai airport’s official website, there are a few guidelines passengers need to adhere to:

  • Only valid ticket holders will be allowed into the terminal building
  • You must not go to the airport more than 4 hours before your scheduled flight time
  • Protective gloves and mask must be worn by all travellers
  • Passengers displaying symptoms are advised to not come to the airport and seek medical advice

 

Airlines serving this route and airport information

Now that many airlines have resumed the Dubai – London route, you have a few options you can choose from. For flights this month and the upcoming months, Wego has a few airlines operating Dubai to London flights, starting from AED 1,139 for direct, one-way Dubai to London trip on the month of May.

Major airlines serving this route include Emirates, with a one-way trip starting from AED 2,060 and British Airways starting from AED 1,139. Other airlines also serve Dubai to London flights with one to two stops.

 

General health tips when you’re at the airport and flying

  • Pump up your immunity by eating good food and getting good sleep the night before you fly.
  • Maintain a distance of 6 feet (2 meters) between you and other people as much as possible.
  • Wipe down seats, belts, screens and meal trays
  • Avoid touching your face, especially your nose and eyes.
  • Clean your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or if soap and water aren’t available, use a hand sanitizer.
  • Wear a face mask.

 

London quarantine requirement

When you arrive in London from Dubai, you’ll be required to quarantine in a government-approved hotel for 10 days on arrival. You will also get 2 coronavirus tests taken on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of your quarantine.

*All prices are accurate at the time of writing