15 Destinations You Can Visit Without a PCR Test

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If you are fully vaccinated you can travel PCR-free to destinations in the Middle East, Indian Ocean and Europe…

Oman

Flight time from Dubai: 1 hour 10 minutes

The closest haven from the UAE is Oman, where residents can now travel for testing, vaccination or quarantine without Covid-19 entry restrictions. Emirates, flydubai, Etihad, Wizz Air, Air Arabia and Oman Air all offer direct flights from the United Arab Emirates to Oman, with direct flights to both the capital Muscat and leafy Salalah to the south.

Saudi Arabia

Flight time from Dubai: 2 hours

Regardless of your vaccination status, you can now travel to Saudi Arabia without having to self-quarantine or undergo a Covid test prior to travel, although you should travel with valid Covid-19 travel insurance. There are many flight options between Dubai and Saudi Arabia, whether you’re looking for an action-packed city break in Riyadh, enjoying the sights of cultural Jeddah, or embarking on an otherworldly escape to AlUla.

Jordan

Petra

Flight time from Dubai: 2 hours 55 minutes

You no longer need a PCR test to travel to Jordan, regardless of your vaccination status – but you must fill out the Travel Declaration Form, which generates a QR code required for boarding. Jordan is the kind of country you need to visit at least once to tick off all the top things to do — whether it’s the ancient ruins of Petra, the culinary scene in Amman, or a Dead Sea spa vacation. Flights go direct from Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah to Amman, there is also a low cost route from Abu Dhabi to Aqaba with Wizz Air Abu Dhabi.

Maldives

niyama maldives vacation from uae

Flight time from Dubai: 4 hours

Is an idyllic beach vacation high on your summer travel agenda? Then consider the Maldives, where you can travel without restrictions regardless of your vaccination status. There are six daily flights from Dubai to the capital Malé, as well as a daily Etihad service from Abu Dhabi with seaplanes and speedboats taking you to a variety of stunning island resorts to suit all travel budgets and travel styles.

Cyprus

Flight time from Dubai: 4 hours and 10 minutes

As of June 1st there are no Covid-19 restrictions on travel to Cyprus, meaning no tests, vaccination certificates, quarantine or immigration forms are required. The island is split into Turkish and Greek halves, meaning you can immerse yourself in two different cultures in one trip. If you like scuba diving, be sure to check out the Zenobia shipwreck in Larnaca – it’s considered one of the best diving spots in the world. Fly direct from Dubai to Larnaca with Emirates.

Seychelles

Flight time from Dubai: 4 hours 35 minutes

If you dream of a relaxing beach holiday in the Seychelles, you no longer need to undergo a PCR test before your visit. Since March 15, fully vaccinated travelers can travel to the Seychelles without a PCR test. To be considered fully vaccinated you should have received at least 2 doses of an approved vaccine or a booster dose if it has been more than 6 months since your first 2 doses. All travelers should still complete their Travel Health Form prior to departure.

Turkey

Turkey

Flight time from Dubai: 4 hours 35 minutes

From June 2nd there will be no more Covid-19 entry restrictions for travel to Turkey. Passengers are no longer required to have a vaccination record or test result to enter the country, and quarantine restrictions have also been lifted. There are currently direct flights from Dubai and Sharjah to Istanbul, Ankara, Bodrum and Trabzon, while residents of Abu Dhabi can fly direct to Istanbul and Trabzon.

Greece

Flight time from Dubai: 5 hours 10 minutes

In early May, Greece lifted all of its Covid travel restrictions, meaning the country is open to all tourists without the need to present a vaccination certificate. There are regular flights from Dubai and Abu Dhabi to the capital Athens, and seasonal services are available from both cities to the beautiful islands during the summer months. Fly direct from Dubai and Abu Dhabi to whitewashed Santorini for a romantic getaway, to the party island of Mykonos and the rugged landscapes of Crete for family-friendly fun.

Croatia

Flight time from Dubai: 6 hours 15 minutes

For a culture-rich Balkan trip, you can fly to Croatia from the UAE without having to take a PCR test or fill out a form, with or without vaccination – so having Croatia on your travel bucket list is like a pre-pandemic trip. There is also no mask requirement there, as the venues work as usual. There is a direct flight from Dubai to the historical capital Zagreb with flydubai.

Italy

Flight time from Dubai: 6 hours 15 minutes

On June 1st, Italy lifted all Covid-19 entry requirements for travelers, meaning you can travel to and from Italy without testing or quarantine, regardless of your vaccination status. There is an impressive range of flights to Italy from Dubai, with Emirates operating routes to Venice, Rome and Milan and flydubai offering flights to Naples and Catania. From Abu Dhabi you can fly non-stop to Rome and Milan with Etihad, and Wizz Air plans to add a flight to Catania and Bari in October 2022.

Thailand

Flight time from Dubai: 6 hours 30 minutes

After more than a year of island-wise restrictions and quarantine regulations, popular Thailand is scrapping almost all Covid restrictions. From Friday 1st July you don’t need to buy the ‘Thailand Pass’ or the expensive Covid travel insurance. Instead, vaccinated travelers only need to show proof of vaccination to travel to Thailand, while those who are not vaccinated must undergo a PCR test within 72 hours of arrival. In Thailand, most restrictions were lifted and mask-wearing became voluntary on June 23. Wearing masks is still recommended in crowded places, such as public transport, markets and concert halls. There are direct flights from the UAE to Phuket and Bangkok.

France

Flight time from Dubai: 7 hours 10 minutes

The UAE is currently on France’s green list, so you no longer need a PCR test to enter France from the UAE as long as you can present a valid vaccination certificate. If you are not vaccinated, a PCR test must be performed within 72 hours or an antigen test within 48 hours. Air France and Emirates both operate the seven-hour and 10-minute Dubai to Paris flights, while Emirates also offers a seven-hour Dubai to Nice flight that takes you straight to the stylish Côte d’Azur.

Spain

Flight time from Dubai: 7 hours 10 minutes

To travel to Spain you do not need a PCR if you are fully vaccinated and only a copy of your vaccination records is required. If you have not been vaccinated, a PCR test will be required and you will also need to fill out the Spain Travel Health Form before flying. For those with Spain in mind this summer, a city break to one of the popular cities of Madrid or Barcelona is easily achievable with a direct flight from Dubai or Abu Dhabi, while those wanting to hit the beach can benefit from a seasonal route to the Capital of the United Arab Emirates after Malaga.

United Kingdom

Flight time from Dubai: 7 hours 35 minutes

On March 18, the UK lifted its remaining entry requirements, so you can now travel to the UK without any tests or forms, regardless of your vaccination status. There are numerous routes to choose from in the United Arab Emirates, including direct flights to London, Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow and Birmingham.

South Africa

Flight time from Dubai: 8 hours 10 minutes – 9 hours 45 minutes

South Africa is just the latest destination to drop Covid-related entry requirements, meaning you can enter and exit the country freely regardless of your vaccination status. Once you get there all restrictions have also been lifted so you don’t have to wear a mask either inside or outside. Emirates flies directly to three South African cities, with flights from Dubai to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. From Abu Dhabi you benefit from a daily direct flight to Johannesburg. There is plenty to see and do when planning a holiday in South Africa. Whether it’s a bucket list safari, a wine country tour or exploring Cape Town’s vibrant culinary scene, South Africa is a top choice for a getaway that ticks all the boxes.

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