Foreign Office updates Dubai entry rules after getting them wrong

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By Linsey McNeill
04/03/2022
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The Foreign Office has updated its travel advice for the United Arab Emirates after previously publishing incorrect entry rules for children.

In an earlier update to its travel advice for the wider United Arab Emirates, the Foreign Office said unvaccinated children under 16 did not need to take a test, but this was wrong.

While children under 16 don’t need a test to enter Abu Dhabi, neighbouring Dubai insists that all unvaccinated children from the age of 12 provide proof of a negative COVID test.

The advice was amended on Friday afternoon after Travel Gossip contacted the Foreign Office to point out the error.

In its latest advice, the FCDO says: “With effect from 26 February, travellers to the UAE do not need to take a COVID-19 PCR test before they travel if they are fully vaccinated or:

  • They hold a COVID-19 recovery certificate with a QR code dated within 30 days of departure
  • They are under 16 years of age for arrivals in Abu Dhabi or under 12 years of age for arrivals in Dubai
  • They have severe disabilities

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