Dubai holidays: Britons must do this in UAE or risk hefty fine as strict rules unveiled

Dubai holidays have also required Britons to brush up on local etiquette in the United Arab Emirates. The Muslim country has many different laws and customs to the UK. However, now rules have become even tougher amid coronavirus.


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Dubai authorities have introduced strict measures to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Tourists who fail to obey the rules may face sizeable fines.

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice states: “You should comply with any additional measures put in place by the local authorities.

“The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) will be treated as a crime punishable by law.”

The FCO added: “You should keep up to date with local public health measures and comply with instructions.

“If you fail to do so you risk being fined or imprisoned.”

Anyone wanting to enter the UAE will have to have been tested negatively for coronavirus no more than 72 hours before their flight.

A certificate proving this must be produced upon arrival in the UAE.

If you cannot show proof then you will have to be re-tested and will need to isolate if you are positive.

Isolation will be carried out at an institutional facility provided by the government at your expense.

Also compulsory is filling out a health declaration form and a quarantine form.

What’s more, travellers must have international health insurance.


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Thermal screenings will be carried out at the airport to check jet-setters’ temperatures.

Anyone who is suspected to have symptoms of coronavirus will have to be re-tested.

Visitors to Dubai and the UAE also have to download a government tracing app for the duration of their stay.

Failing to do so could result in a big fine.

Salem Al-Zaabi, Acting Director of the Federal Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Prosecution, told local media this could be as much as DH10,000 (£2,200).

Face masks also must be worn in public.

Tourists could also face a fine of up to DH 3000 (£650) for not wearing one.

Organising gatherings in public and private places is also prohibited.

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