Dubai holidays: Boost for sunshine hotspot following relaxed quarantine rules

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Holidays to Dubai are on the rise thanks to the nation’s rigorous coronavirus precautions and the lack of need for quarantine on the return to the UK. Experts at Skyscanner say the destination has seen a surge in bookings in recent weeks.

According to the latest data, Dubai has taken the crown as the top winter sun hotspots for Britons looking to get away now that the UK travel ban has come to an end.

“We’ve seen a huge surge in interest for Dubai with the destination currently trending as the top spot on Skyscanner’s winter sun searches ranking,” said Jo McClintock, brand director at Skyscanner.

“Dubai is currently proving 60 percent more popular in searches volumes than the second most searched destination.”

Holidaymakers jetting off to Dubai currently will not be required to endure a period of self-isolation on their return to the UK thanks to its place on the travel corridor list.

What’s more, even if it is added, a recent announcement from the UK Government means that travellers can slash their 14-day quarantine period to just five days if they take a covid test on day five.

Dubai’s rigorous testing regime for arrivals into the country is further instilling confidence according to Rob Gower, director and owner of tailor-made holiday specialist Dragonfly Traveller.

Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, he said: “I’ve heard Dubai is going quite well at the moment because it is obviously on travel corridors.

“Yes, you have got o get a covid test before you go, and when you come back but quarantine doesn’t exist.”

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Passengers travelling to Dubai must present a negative PCR coronavirus test, whether this is one they take within a specified time frame prior to arrival, or at the airport in Dubai.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) explains: “Individuals travelling from the UK to Dubai now have the option to undertake a PCR test on arrival at Dubai airport.”If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival in Dubai, depending on your symptoms and your accommodation plans, you may be required to self-isolate in a government-led facility, a hospital, your hotel or privately arranged accommodation.”

Mr Gower continued: “That is why Dubai is quite hot at the moment because you have to get tested before you go, you get tested at the airport when you arrive, you go back to your hotel and with 48 hours you know if you are negative or positive.

“And if it comes back negative then you can do whatever you like while you are staying there.”

Ms Mclintock also believes that the news of a vaccine has provided an additional layer of confidence for those looking ahead to future holidays.

“As we’ve seen with the vaccine news and the positive impact it’s had on travel bookings, there is a real appetite for post lockdown holidaymakers to get out and explore, as soon as they can and it’s safe to do so,” she said.

“Now the amount of time travellers have to quarantine on return to the UK is significantly reduced, we would expect to see a direct impact on traveller confidence resulting in an uptick in searches and bookings on Skyscanner.”

However, the sudden changes to travel rules and regulations are having an impact on how far in advance holidaymakers plan their trips.

Although the United Arab Emirates as a whole is on the travel corridor list, Britons are currently only permitted entry to Dubai.”As of July 6, holders of full British passports will once more be granted a free of charge visitor/tourist visa upon arrival in the UAE although currently visitors/tourists can only fly to Dubai,” explains the FCDO.”No application in advance of travel is needed. Your passport will be stamped with the visa as you pass through immigration at any of the International airports in the UAE.”The visa issued at the airport for British passports holders is valid for 30 days.”Holidaymakers are advised to follow the advice of local authorities at all times when visiting the nation.

She added: “As well as flexibility around destinations, we’re increasingly seeing travellers wait until the last minute to book their flights and opting for flexible ticket options in order to continue to travel in the current climate with peace of mind.”

Although the United Arab Emirates as a whole is on the travel corridor list, Britons are currently only permitted entry to Dubai.

“As of July 6, holders of full British passports will once more be granted a free of charge visitor/tourist visa upon arrival in the UAE although currently visitors/tourists can only fly to Dubai,” explains the FCDO.

“No application in advance of travel is needed. Your passport will be stamped with the visa as you pass through immigration at any of the International airports in the UAE.

“The visa issued at the airport for British passports holders is valid for 30 days.”

Holidaymakers are advised to follow the advice of local authorities at all times when visiting the nation.

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