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        London – Dubai Flights Update

        Emirates Airlines: From 2 February 2021, Emirates Airlines will operate passenger flights to Dubai from London Heathrow and Manchester. Travellers planning to depart from the UK must ensure that they are authorised to travel under the latest UK government rules, and meet the travel requirements of their final destination.

        On 28 January 2020, the UK government introduced additional travel restrictions affecting the UAE.

        According to the official announcement, all passengers who have been in or transited through UAE (Dubai) in the last 10 days will not be granted access to the UK. However, this does not apply to British and Irish Nationals, and third country nationals – residents in the UK, who will be able to enter the UK but are required to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival along with their household.

        All major airlines, including Emirates Airlines, are now suspending all passenger services between Dubai and all the airports  (Birmingham, Glasgow, London, Manchester, effective 1.00 PM on 29 January 2021 until further notice).

         

        London – Dubai Flights

        As the wedding photography industry continues to adapt to the ever-changing world and daily challenges, such as COVID travel restrictions, testing and self-isolation requirements, Dubai and the UAE remain a vital international travelling and social events hub for many professionals, including destination wedding photographers and videographers (like us).

        Despite the introduced travel ban and direct flights suspension, it is still possible to travel to Dubai by air.

        Here are some London- Dubai flights and alternative routes which could be considered to save your business trips or get you on time for the events worldwide: 

        • London – Bahrain, BAH – Dubai, DXB (Gulf Air)
        • London – Paris – Dubai, DXB
        • London – Frankfurt – Dubai, DXB (Lufthansa)
        • London – Kyiv, KBP – Dubai, DXB (FlyUIA)

        We will keep information on these London – Dubai flights and alternative routes updated as regularly as we can (including the information on pre-departure and on-arrival PCR testing). Please double check the information on the alternative routes and foreign travel advice from the UK government before booking the tickets with the airlines.

        Check our previous blog post on Useful Online Tools to Plan Travel under Covid Restrictions

        UAE Travel Info & Useful Contacts

        Tourist and visitor travel to other Emirates

        If you wish to travel to Abu Dhabi, please contact Etihad Airlines for the latest procedures and requirements. Fly Emirates can also assist you in providing the latest travel advice, guidelines and requirements including the updates on the flight cancellations, refunds and London – Dubai flights and alternative routes.

        If you have further questions you can contact the UAE directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs costumer call centre 0097143139999

        Livechat and email: https://gdrfad.gov.ae/en/form/contact-us

         

        Testing and insurance requirements, approved PCR centres, and test exemption for travelling to the UAE

        • Effective 31 January 2021, all passengers arriving into Dubai from any point of origin (GCC countries included) must hold a negative PCR test certificate, for which the covid test must be taken no more than 72 hours prior to time of departure.
        • UAE nationals are exempt from the above, but will be required to take a PCR test on arrival at Dubai airport.
        • Passengers arriving into Dubai from certain countries will be required to take another PCR test on arrival at DXB.
        • PCR tests conducted by the NHS are accepted.
        • Please contact Etihad or Fly Emirates Airlines as they will have the latest updates regarding testing requirements.
        • You may also contact UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention costumer call centre: 
        • Livechat: https://www.mohap.gov.ae/en/Pages/default.aspx
        • Tel: 00971 80011111

        Tourist and visitor visa enquiries

        You can visit the embassy website to check whether your nationality is eligible for a visa on arrival:

        www.uae-embassy.info  (click the “visas” page)

        Please note the embassy does not issue tourist visas. Please visit the link above and read the instructions under the heading “Nationalities that require a visa to be arranged before travel to the UAE”.

        You will need to apply for a visa if you have a UK residency and your nationality is not eligible for a visa on arrival. Please also make to check visa rules of the transit country if you are flying to Dubai via alternative routes.

        If you have further questions you can contact the UAE directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs costumer call centre 0097143139999

        Livechat and email: https://gdrfad.gov.ae/en/form/contact-us

         

        Tourist Visa Extensions

        You can apply to extend your tourist visa by visiting a local immigration office in the UAE. This cannot be done outside the UAE 

         

        Transiting in the UAE

        • Please contact Fly Emirates or Etihad and follow the relevant procedures.
        • Alternatively you can contact UAE directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs costumer call centre 0097143139999
        • Livechat and email: https://gdrfad.gov.ae/en/form/contact-us

         

        Passport validity

        • If you are flying to Dubai, please contact your airline for minimum passport validity to travel.
        •  If you are flying to Abu Dhabi, the passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry

         

        UAE residency holders that overstayed the 180 day period outside the UAE

        Please contact your sponsor/employer or PRO (public relations officer) and follow the relevant procedures.

          

        UAE Residency holders wishing to return to the UAE

        • Please contact your sponsor or PRO for the latest procedures regarding UAE residents returning to the UAE.
        • Alternatively, you may contact the ICA for directly on: 00971 600522222

         

        Work and employment visas and renewals

        You will need an employer (sponsor) to apply for a work/employment visa. These are not issued by the embassy, please contact your sponsor, employer or PRO and follow the relevant procedures.

         

        Temporary work in the UAE

        If you are going to be carrying temporary work in the UAE, you may be required to obtain a mission work permit from the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE). Please contact your sponsor or host company whether you need this type of visa.

         Alternatively, you can contact MOHRE directly on:

        Tel: 00971-68027666

        Website (online chat service available): https://www.mohre.gov.ae/en/home.aspx

         

        Carrying prescription medication to the UAE

        Please visit the following link, under the heading “carrying medication to the UAE”

        www.uae-embassy.info (click the “visas” page)

         

        Travel Document Holders

        The UAE does not recognise travel documents. You can transit but you cannot enter the UAE using travel documents. If you have further questions you can contact the UAE Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs costumer call centre 0097143139999.

        Indian passport holders

        Please visit the embassy website and read the information in the “other queries” section.

        www.uae-embassy.info   (click the “visas” page)

        Alternatively, you can contact the UAE directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs costumer call centre 0097143139999

        Livechat and email: https://gdrfad.gov.ae/en/form/contact-us

         

        Israeli Passport holders wishing to travel to the UAE

        Please contact the UAE directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs costumer call centre 0097143139999

        Livechat and email: https://gdrfad.gov.ae/en/form/contact-us

         

        Any other queries regarding travelling to the UAE

        Please contact the UAE directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs costumer call centre 0097143139999

        Livechat and email: https://gdrfad.gov.ae/en/form/contact-us

         

        UAE Customs

        Please contact the Federal Customs Authority for any customs queries.

         

        UAE Embassy – Visa Page 

        www.uae-embassy.info  (click the “visas” page )