Thinking of Booking A Holiday? You’ll Need to Ask Permission First

29 June 2020
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Dubai residents will need to secure permission before booking a flight

With the UAE set to reopen its borders and Dubai looking to welcome tourists from July 7, the region’s tentative bounce back from Covid-19 has begun.

However, if you are a Dubai resident and are planning on booking a holiday of your own, the government has said that you will need to seek permission before doing so.

With the Maldives just a short flight away and already welcoming tourists, now could feel like the ideal time to escape after months of lockdown.

In order to do so though, you’ll first need to submit a form to the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA), Dubai’s immigration service. The form can be filled out online and if you’re successful, you’ll then be issued with a reference number that you can use to book a flight.

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The process is the same for everyone, regardless of whether you’re booking a holiday or trying to return to Dubai after being stranded during the lockdown.

The process is designed to ensure that you know you can return to the UAE before you leave.

Although Dubai doesn’t officially have a list of permitted or forbidden destinations, you can instead book a flight anywhere that is being operated to from Dubai airport. With Emirates’ list of destinations increasing all the time and Fly Dubai about to begin operating again, options are opening up again.

Part of the process includes bearing the expense of quarantining should you test positive for the coronavirus on arrival at Dubai airport.

And yes, everyone arriving at Dubai will be tested, and you must self-quarantine until your results arrive. So, no dropping your bags in the hotel and heading straight for Zero Gravity this time.

If the prospect of form filling and flights is not up your street, there is always the option of a staycation.  Click here to read about the best hotel rooms in Dubai with a private pool.