Dubai, which is literally one of the hottest holiday destinations in the world, will reopen its borders on July 7.
Tourists will be able to travel to the city without quarantine, but you must jump through several hoops first.
- present a negative Covid-19 test taken up to 92 hours before arriving or
- have a test at the airport on arrival
- quarantine for 14 days in a government facility, paid for by you, if you have a positive test
- have your temperature taken at the airport
- download a Covid-19 tracing app
- have valid travel insurance
The last point effectively means that no-one from the UK will be able to travel to Dubai on holiday until the Foreign Office amends its advice against all non-essential travel as the warning invalidates almost all insurance policies.
It is also quite tricky to get flights to Dubai at the moment. Emirates has some flights from London Heathrow and a twice weekly service from Manchester. You could also fly via Amsterdam on KLM or via Paris with Air France.
If you do get there, you’ll find beaches open to sunbathers, but people must keep two meters apart and there should be a gap of four metres between groups.
It will be sweltering in July and August, the hottest and most humid time of year, but hotels are snazzy and air-conditioned.
It’s not clear if some of the tourist attractions for which Dubai is best known, such as its 4×4 desert drives, waterparks and snow dome will be open, but it’s likely its souks and glitzy shopping malls will be.