We’re hoping to be able to take you to Dubai again soon, but due to current restrictions we’re unable to travel here. For the latest guidance visit the FCDO website or check out our Travel Alerts page.

We’ve got your back

Our COVID Cover’s included as standard on all First Choice holidays due to depart by 30th April 2020. And, our COVID Cover is included on holidays departing on or before 31st October 2021, if the trip’s booked between 26th December 2020 and 28th February 2021. Having this means you can change your booking for free if you get COVID-19 before your holiday, or if you’re officially required to isolate prior to your travel dates. This also applies if your local area goes into lockdown over the dates you are due to depart. An AXA Holiday to Home insurance policy is also part of the package. This sorts you out for medical assistance abroad, testing costs and a flight home for treatment if you need it. T&Cs apply.

On your flight and at your hotel

Flights for our holidays to Dubai are taken care of by a few of our partner airlines. You can expect some major changes on board when you fly long-haul with them, but rest assured they’ve all been put in place to keep you safe. You can expect online check-in and rules around face masks, as well. We’re keeping a close eye on our hotels, too, to make sure they’re squeaky-clean and properly prepped before re-opening their doors. Find out more about what to expect on your First Choice holiday.


  • COVID Cover on selected holidays
  • 24-hour support while you’re away
  • Package holiday refund guarantee
  • Approved testing partners
  • Flexible options if your holiday can’t go ahead

Find out more about our promise, as well as everything we’re doing to keep you safe, on our Travel With Confidence hub.

Here are the main things you need to be aware of.


Social distancing distance 1.5 metres.
Face mask requirements for adults Masks are mandatory in public places. You don’t have to wear one while you’re on a sunbed or while you’re swimming.
Face mask requirements for children Face masks are advised for children in spaces where social distancing is difficult or not possible.
Pre-departure forms and testing requirements You need to complete a health declaration form before departure, and show evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test when you land in Dubai. Find out more about Dubai entry requirements.
Other need-to-knows You must have international health insurance before travelling to Dubai.

Here’s what you can expect while you’re out and about in Dubai.

Beaches Open.
Restaurants Open.
Sights Open.
Supermarkets Open.
Other facilities Open.

Here’s the key information on getting to Dubai

Flights  You’ll fly to Dubai with one of our partner airlines. Please contact the airline you’re flying with directly for the latest travel information.

Here are your options for travelling within Dubai.


Car rental Not yet known – we’re working on it.
Public transport All public transport is running with reduced capacity. Masks are mandatory and you must stick to social distancing guidelines. 
Hiking Not yet known – we’re working on it.
Biking Not yet known – we’re working on it.
Other The land border between Dubai and Abu Dhabi currently remains closed. You can only enter Abu Dhabi if you have evidence of a negative COVID-19 test, taken within the last 48 hours, from a local approved facility.

For more information, take a look at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice on travelling to Dubai.

Read the full FCDO advice here