Last-minute Eid holidays: 13 places less than six hours away that are open to UAE travellers

The past year has been tragic for the travel industry. The global pandemic has halted air travel, borders are closed and travel restrictions remain in place in several destinations.

Despite this, it seems that people are more confident about travelling in 2021, according to a recent survey. The Global Rescue’s Traveller Sentiment and Safety Survey found 78 per cent of respondents are “much less” or “less” concerned about travel safety this year compared to 2020.

With Eid Al Fitr on the horizon, and some travel restrictions having eased, many people are considering going somewhere during the break, which begins on May 11.

Sri Lanka is one of several countries welcoming UAE travellers and less than six hours away by plane, making it a viable option for an Eid holiday. Unsplash

UAE authorities have advised people not to travel unless they are vaccinated and there are some countries only accepting travellers who’ve had both shots of their Covid-19 vaccine. But there are others where entry requirements can be as simple as passing a thermal scanner or showing a negative PCR test result.

13 places within six hours of the UAE where travellers are welcome:

  1. Armenia
  2. Cyprus
  3. Egypt
  4. Georgia
  5. Greece
  6. Kenya
  7. Maldives
  8. Seychelles
  9. Sri Lanka
  10. Turkey
  11. Tajikistan
  12. Uzbekistan
  13. Tanzania

Of course, some people are not quite ready to travel and given we’re still in the midst of a global pandemic, that’s entirely logical. If you’re staying put this Eid, here are 23 staycation deals across the country that offer a change of scenery without the need to get on a plane.

If you are thinking of flying, familiarise yourself with all the documents needed for your destination. It also pays to do your research on Covid-19 case levels in countries that are open to tourists, and to find out more about local policies on mask-wearing,…

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