Dubai coronavirus: UAE flights cancelled amid lockdown – FCO issue new travel warning

Dubai is a very popular holiday destination with British tourists thanks to its guaranteed sunshine and wide range of luxury hotels and fun activities. However, the United Arab Emirates has now closed its doors to holidaymakers. The Middle Eastern country has introduced tough measures to battle coronavirus.

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The rules in Dubai and the UAE have become increasingly stricter over the past weeks.

There are currently 1,64 cases currently in the UAE – and 1,118,921 cases globally.

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have once again updated their travel advice to Dubai today.

“Cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in UAE. The UAE authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus.

“You should comply with any additional measures put in place by the local authorities,” said the FCO.

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Dubai coronavirus: The United Arab Emirates has now closed its doors to holidaymakers (Image: Getty Images)Dubai coronavirus: Rules have become increasingly stricter over the past weeks (Image: Getty Images)

“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: “With effect from 19 March, only UAE Citizens are allowed to enter the UAE.

“On 2 April the UAE Government announced its decision to renew for a further two weeks the suspension of entry of all UAE Residents who are currently abroad. This period could be extended.”

The UK government advice continued: “The UAE suspended all inbound and outbound flights at 23:59 local time on Tuesday 24 March.

“There are currently extremely limited commercial options available to return to the UK from the UAE.

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“If you live in the UK and are currently visiting the UAE, you’re strongly advised to return now by commercial means. Don’t run the risk of getting stranded.

“You should continue to contact your airline or tour operator regarding any possible return flights.

“This will ensure any demand is logged in the airlines own assumptions about the number of people waiting to return to the UK.

“The British Embassy is in constant contact with the local authorities, airlines and other diplomatic missions to explore all possible avenues.”

Dubai coronavirus: The UAE suspended all inbound and outbound flights on Tuesday 24 March (Image: Getty Images)

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The FCO shared its advice to those Britons unable to leave the UAE.

If you cannot leave the UAE at this time, you should:

– Follow the advice of local authorities, including local measures to help minimise your risk of exposure to coronavirus

– Find accommodation that’s suitable for your needs

– Keep in regular contact with family and friends at home, so they know you are safe and well.

“If you need urgent consular assistance, you can contact the British Embassy on 04 309 4444 / 02 610 1100,” explained the FCO.

“The Embassy cannot provide further information or advice about departure options over the phone.”

Trending Dubai coronavirus: “If you need urgent consular assistance, you can contact the British Embassy” (Image: Getty Images)

Advice was also shared concerning visas: “The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship have confirmed that visitors to the UAE who could not leave the country owing to the closure of borders will receive necessary support such as permissions to stay legitimately in the country.

“A specific mechanism will be announced in the coming days. They have also announced fines will not be applied to those overstaying on a UAE-issued visa due to coronavirus. More information can be found on the ICA website.

“If you have any questions on the validity or expiry of your visa, contact UAE Immigration directly. If you’re living outside the UAE, contact the nearest UAE Embassy for advice.”