“I’m Stuck In Dubai!”

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This morning the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced some drastic measures to battle COVID-19. To my knowledge, they may be the first country to not only to ban people from entering the country, they also took it a step further and banned people from leaving the country.

That’s right, locals can’t even travel outside the country, even if they have no plans to return in the coming weeks (or months).

They have also banned the entry of valid visa holding residents (aka foreigners that make the country function) from arriving and they have a massive foreign population.

Those who are outside the UAE are advised to contact the UAE diplomatic missions in their respective host countries for all necessary support which I don’t completely understand since they are still not accepting people into the country.

They have also temporarily suspended the issuance of all entry visas, including those for countries eligible for visa issuance on arrival (i.e. United States). The only exception is diplomatic passports.

In addition to all of the above, the UAE has also banned all scheduled passenger flights to and from the following countries until further notice:

  • Bahrain
  • Egypt
  • Iraq
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Italy (except for Rome)
  • Jordan
  • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • People’s Republic of China (except for Beijing)
  • Syria
  • Turkey


Emirates has long been a primary airline that serves to connect passengers, and it seems like that will continue but with a reduced schedule. During this time, they’re very much welcoming connecting passengers, but not serving those with the UAE as their origin or final destination.


The UAE is taking among the strongest measures I’ve seen of any country when it comes to restricting movement into & out of the country. In addition to closing off to visitors, all visa holding residents aren’t allowed to return, and UAE nationals aren’t allowed to leave.

Dubai is supposed to host Expo 2020, intended to kick off in October. I’m sure they’re very motivated to get this under control before then.

I’m curious…if you were to be “stuck” in a country, what country would you prefer the most?


  1. Getting stuck without a timeline for exiting sounds scary but I know you will be fine. I would prefer to get stuck in St. Maarten if I had to pick a place. Not too expensive and the seafood was great.

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  2. Just to be clear, I’m (personally) not stuck but I know several people that are. They’re the ones that alerted me to this change. And St, Maarten sounds like a great place to be stuck and you bring up some great considerations. I would hate to be stuck in an expensive location. I didn’t even think about that aspect.


  3. This is not surprising. My husband is a pilot on the cargo side and was just in Bahrain two weeks ago. They were making changes then as well. I’m curious to see how all of this will impact the crew especially when it comes to cargo. These pilots regularly have to travel to China. But these days you can’t even say just China or S. Korea is a hot spot. This is EVERYWHERE!

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  4. Hmmmm I’m not certain where I’d want to be stuck but definitely somewhere in the Caribbean for sure in a Resort or villa with a walk out pool.

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