Have your itchy feet been longing to explore the world once again? Good news, as several countries across the globe have started reopening its borders to international travelers! As Eid al-Adha nears, you’d be delighted to know that there are countries near the UAE that now allow leisure travelers to once again see the beauty of their destinations and immerse in their unique cultures!
Of course, this goes without saying that we should adhere to the strict regulations both of the UAE and our destination of choice. Travel has now become stricter and more complicated than before, so if you want a hassle-free trip, make sure you are well-prepared for the safety rules linked with international travel.
First, know the following rules for flying out of the UAE:
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1. Apply for a travel request through the Federal Authority for Citizenship and Identity’s website and register in the Twajudi service prior to travel: People inside the UAE – Exit registration
2. Undergo a COVID-19 test no more than 48 hours before the travel date. The test result has to be displayed at the country’s airports via the Alhosn app. Only travelers who tested negative for the virus will be allowed to travel.
3. People aged over 70 years old, and those with chronic illnesses will not be allowed to travel.
4. Travelers must have an international medical insurance covering the country of destination
5. Comply with preventive measures at the airports, including wearing face masks, gloves, constant sanitization of hands, and social distancin.
6. People with more than 37.8 C or higher temperature or those with respiratory disease symptoms will be isolated. Any suspected cases won’t be allowed to travel
7. Fill the required individual health accountability form, which includes an agreement to undergo quarantine upon return and not to go to destinations other than the ones applied to.
Have you internalized and prepared for each rule completely? Then you’re good to go! Check out these nearby destinations that you can visit in the upcoming holiday:
Georgia, which will reopen its international borders on July 31, has always been one of the top favorite travel destinations among Filipinos in the UAE. This rustic country, for one, is just a few hours away, making it a preferred long weekend getaway for many expats. Aside from that, it is rich in history and is relatively cheaper compared to other travel destinations. Budget-conscious Filipinos have this country as a paradise to go back to again and again.
Greece has reopened international borders since June 15, but travelers from the UAE are expected to undergo self-quarantine no matter the result of their test. If you have a lot of time and days to spare, then this culture-rich country—known as the cradle of Western Civilization—could be the perfect way to mark your first getaway in the post-crisis era. Whether it’s the colonnade marbles of Parthenon you seek, or the cerulean blue waters of Santorini you yearn for—Greece gives you the complete package.
Whether you want a second honeymoon to reconnect with your partner, or you simply seek a solo retreat for peace of mind, Maldives has something in store for you. The tiny island nation will start receiving international tourists by July 15, along with reopening resorts and hotels on uninhabited islands. This coming holiday, make sure you consider this beautiful place on your list.
If you want to experience culture and ocean at its finest, then book a flight now to Egypt for your upcoming Eid al-Adha holiday! The country has begun restarting international flight and reopening major tourist attractions in the country, including the Pyramids of Giza, making it an ideal getaway as it is also just a mere three-hour flight away. Aside from that, the government has also opened up some of its seaside area resorts, including southern Sinai, housing Sharm el-Sheikh and Dahab resorts, Red Sea province, home to the Hurghada and Marsa Alam resorts, and Marsa Matrouh on the Mediterranean. In addition, Egypt has been awarded a Safe Travels Stamp by the World Travel and Tourism Council, which means they have adopted new safety protocols to protect the health of travelers.