Book a year-end escape to one of these non-quarantine destinations …
With a five-day UAE National Day weekend just around the corner, you could be heading overseas for a vacation. If you don’t want to be quarantined on arrival, plan an escape to one of these destinations, which UAE residents can travel to without being quarantined on arrival.
As travel and immigration rules change regularly, be sure to check for the latest updates from local authorities before booking your escape. And since regular flights to some locations have not yet resumed, some transfers may be required to get to your dream destination.
Starting at 4am on Saturday, November 14th, travelers flying to the UK from the UAE will no longer need to self-isolate for two weeks. If you have traveled to a location that is not on the travel corridor list in the past 14 days, you will still need to self-quarantine when you arrive in the UK. Travelers arriving in the UK must complete a passenger search form. You must also wear a face mask at the airport and on public transport. The latest updates can be found at: gov.uk.
Croatia is one of the few European nations that accepts visitors from outside the EU. It is open to tourists if they present a negative PCR test result upon arrival that was received within the last 48 hours. Otherwise, you will need to quarantine for up to 14 days. You will also be asked to fill out a travel announcement form and provide proof of your pre-booked accommodation. You can find the latest updates here.
Egypt is now welcoming tourists who have a negative PCR test certificate issued within 72 hours of the start of the trip and in paper form (not digital certificates). The certificate must be issued by an accredited laboratory and indicate the type of sample taken for the swab. You will undergo a health check at the airport and must have valid insurance that covers Covid-19. Face masks are required when out in public and there are strict rules for social distancing.
On August 1, Kenya began welcoming visitors from 129 countries for quarantine-free visits to the African nation, including residents and citizens of the UAE. Before embarking on your African escape, you must complete this health surveillance form and present a negative PRC test obtained within 96 hours of travel.
All passengers to Lebanon must fill out a health declaration form prior to departure and provide evidence of a negative Covid-19 test issued within 96 hours of travel. You will then need to undergo another PCR test upon arrival and have valid health insurance, which you can purchase upon arrival at Rafic Hariri International Airport. Check the Department of Health’s official website for the latest travel updates.
The Maldives Ministry of Tourism recently made some important updates. From September 10th, travelers to the Maldives must present a negative PCR test result generated within 72 hours of arrival. Visitors can obtain a free 30-day visa upon arrival. Keep an eye on the Maldives travel requirements here.
South of Croatia on the Adriatic coast, picturesque Montenegro is open to tourists from a “green list” that includes the EU and 50 other countries, including the UAE. You must wear a mask and observe social distancing while in public and parties are prohibited. Stay up to date on Montenegro’s travel requirements here.
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With a flight time of just four and a half hours from Dubai, the Seychelles have long been a popular destination for UAE residents. From August 31st, this escape from the Indian Ocean will again be open to residents of the UAE, provided they present a negative PCR test, undergo a health screening on arrival and undergo another test on the fifth night in the Seychelles . Accommodation must be booked through licensed establishments that have been certified by the Public Health Authority and you must have valid health insurance with full health coverage. Further information on the entry requirements for the Seychelles can be found here.
If you travel to Tanzania, you will be welcomed to hear that restaurants and bars in Zanzibar have reopened and there is no longer a 14-day quarantine on arrival. All you need to do is undergo health screening and follow the latest decisions made by the local health authorities. If symptoms occur, you may be referred to an isolation center for further assessment. Keep an eye on tanzaniatourism.go.tz/en/ for updates.
According to Emirates.com, passengers coming to Turkey with symptoms of Covid-19 will be tested. If positive, you will be treated and not deported. All passengers must wear a face mask when traveling and can have a Covid-19 health screening on arrival. You will also need to fill out the passenger information form.
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