Dubai coronavirus: UK Government issues ‘urgent’ warning to Britons in UAE – ‘Get home!’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement last night saw the UK go into full lockdown as he warned that the police can now take action on those not self-isolating effectively. As the deadly coronavirus continues to spread around the globe at an unprecedented rate, the UAE has also decided to take drastic action. Compared to the rest of the world, the UAE only has 153 cases so far but this has not deterred the country from implementing a series of strict measures to halt the spread of the virus.


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The FCO has now updated its travel advice to Dubai and the UAE.

The announcement explained that all British citizens should return to the UK as soon as possible.

The shock announcement comes as all passenger flights, including transit flights will be suspended within 48 hours, starting from yesterday.

“If you are in the UAE, and it is essential that you return to the UK, you should urgently contact your airline or tour operator and arrange to leave now,” said the FCO.

“Local restrictions mean that only UAE citizens are currently allowed to return to the UAE.”

The FCO added that the restrictions could be extended if the coronavirus pandemic worsens.

“All UAE Residents who are abroad will not be allowed to re-enter the UAE for a period of at least two weeks. This period could be extended,” they added.

UAE citizens includes immediate family members, diplomatic passport holders, and those with UAE-API clearance.

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The new advice follows news that Etihad Airways will temporarily suspend all flights from 11.59pm (7.59pm GMT) on Wednesday 25 March for an initial period of 14 days.

The decision was made by the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, and the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).

These latest measures have been made to limit the spread of Covid-19 to protect citizens and international travellers.

have also temporarily suspended all transit services though Abu Dhabi.


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The airline has temporarily suspended transit travel through Abu Dhabi international airport as of last night.

Passengers booked on connecting flights via Abu Dhabi to any other location on the Etihad network will not be allowed to travel.

Currently, Etihad is attempting to contact these guests to advise them of the development.

The airline posted on Twitter: “Travel Update: Effective immediately, passengers departing from international destinations will only be allowed to travel if they are UAE citizens or diplomatic passport holders, and only if their final destination is Abu Dhabi.

“If you are booked on a connecting flight via Abu Dhabi to anywhere else on our network, you will not be able to travel and should not go to the airport.

“Guests currently within the UAE will still be able to depart Abu Dhabi until suspension of flights on 25 March at 23:59 UAE time. For all enquiries and guidance on rebooking options, please visit”

They updated their customers this morning: “With many closures and restrictions in place, we ask all passengers booked to fly with us before 26 March to visit for flight status, guidance, and rebooking options.”

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