While we all would have made some travel plans at the beginning of 2020, this was stalled due to the ongoing pandemic.
However, as we draw to the close of the year, travel restrictions are lifting with many countries no longer requiring lengthy quarantine periods on arrival. EW has rounded up the ultimate list of destinations where UAE residents can currently travel to without the need for a 14-day quarantine. But there are a few requirements for each destination, so ensure you check before booking anything.
Also, be careful while travelling back to the UAE. Whilst when in Dubai you can require a negative COVID-19 PCR test, there is presently a 14-day quarantine period in place in Abu Dhabi for anyone who is returning, residents and also visitors. There’s the ultimate round-up of destinations which presently do not have any quarantine restrictions for tourists.
All those planning on staying must present a negative COVID PCR test taken within 48 hours of their departure as this picturesque country has opened its borders to tourist arrivals from more than 60 destinations which includes the UAE.
Arrivals from 182 countries are also allowed to travel to Bahrain after having paid for and undergone a COVID PCR test upon arrival at the airport and need to self-isolate only until their negative results are provided.
Travellers from low and medium risk countries are allowed to travel to the Seychelles, including travellers from the UAE, providing they present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours, and upload the results, as well as their travel details.
The stunning island of Malta has reopened its doors for tourism earlier in July, where visitors are now not required to self-quarantine upon arrival. They also might require to do thermal screenings. A self-declaration form must also be filled to showcase their travels in the last 30 days.
This lovely place is hospitable to tourists who present a negative PCR test on arrival that is received within the past 48 hours. A travel announcement form along with proof of pre-booked accommodation needs to be given.
A destination that’s often bustling with A-listers, can also be on your list of potential places to visit this season. Arrivals from some countries – including Spain and the UAE – must produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of their flight. Twenty-four hours before entering Greece, visitors must complete a passenger locator form (PLF) where they will provide their contact details in the country.
With outdoor activities such as boating, game drives, bungee jumping and helicopter rides having resumed, this nature-infused country is one of the most refreshing destinations to visit. Travellers must get tested for COVID-19 before arrival, and must be able to present a PCR test certificate by a recognised facility. The test must be taken within 48 hours from the date of departure.
With various outdoor activities such as boating, game drives, bungee jumping and helicopter rides having resumed, this nature-infused country is one of the most refreshing destinations to visit. Travellers must get tested for COVID-19 before arrival, and also must be able to present a PCR test certificate by a recognised facility. The test must be taken within 48 hours from the date of departure.
The beautiful island nation is deeply dependent on tourism is separating advents into low, medium and high-risk countries, with numerous requirements depending on the country of arrival. All tourists are encouraged to take a COVID-19 PCR test 72 hours prior to travel and submit their results for fast-tracking upon arrival. Those that do not take a test before travelling must do so on arrival. Masks are a must and needs to be worn at the airport, and arrivals will endure health screenings too.
Home to an array of adventure sports and activities, tourists who are permitted to travel from low-risk countries to South Africa are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of their departure, and also expect to undergo temperature checks at the airport. On arrival, travellers will also be asked to download the government’s contact tracing app for their entire visit to South Africa.
If you’re planning for a luxury filled holiday, visit the Maldives as it is the ideal place to travel to. All the arrival persons must be able to give a COVID-19 PCR negative certificate. They should take the test no more than 96 hours prior to departure. However, changed rules apply for those who wish to visit islands.
This historic place is now welcoming tourists in possession of a negative PCR test certificate, issued within 72 hours of travel, and in paper format from an accredited laboratory with visitors required to wear their face masks out in public and follow the necessary social distancing rules.
If you wish to visit somewhere cold this season, the home of snow and luxury chocolates is open to those residing in the UAE no longer have to quarantine when travelling to Switzerland. However, note that the European/Schengen states (to which Switzerland belongs) still have entry regulations in place for certain nationalities/residents. It’s, therefore, necessary to check the requirements before making a booking.
With the updated new rules, travellers flying to the UK from the UAE require not to self-isolate for a period of two weeks, which is ideal for the winter feels except for those that have visited places that are not on the travel corridor list for the UK. Although, those travelling are required to fill a passenger locator form and must adhere to the social distancing rules while wearing a facemask in public areas.
The destination for fairy-tale is located south of Croatia on the Adriatic coast is welcoming tourists from ‘green list’ countries including the UAE. All require to wear masks and observed social distancing with any parties being forbidden.
This spectacular country has opened its borders without having to quarantine for 14 days on arrival. A health screening needs to be submitted with instructions followed as per the country’s COVID-19 laws.
All passengers must wear a face mask while travelling, and may be issue to a COVID-19 health screening on arrival with a passenger data form that requires to be filled.
For any rules or updates, pertaining to each country please visit their respective websites on more information from their governments.
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