Holidays: Make sure you do this before you travel to Dubai or risk alarming consequences

Dubai holidays often see Britons comparing flights, booking hotels and contemplating a holiday wardrobe. However, there’s one key thing that holidaymakers need to do before they head to the city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Boots Pharmacist Janky Raja has revealed the importance of getting the right vaccinations ahead of travel to Dubai. She explained the three key jabs that holidaymakers’ should get before their holiday.

“Getting travel vaccinations for Dubai is as important as any other country for a safe and enjoyable holiday,” Raja told

“This is a list of vaccinations recommended, which you should ideally get about four to six weeks before departure.”

Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP)

“Tetanus bacteria can enter open wounds such as a puncture wound, burns or scratches. The bacteria release a toxin into the bloodstream,” Raja said.

“A primary schedule of five vaccines is usually required (completed in childhood for most UK residents) and then a booster is recommended every 10 years.

“If you cut yourself, make sure to thoroughly clean all wounds and seek appropriate medical attention.”

Hepatitis A

“This is a viral infection transmitted through contaminated food or water or through direct contact with somebody with the infection,” explained Raja.

“Ideally one injection is required before travel; if a second dose is received within 6-12 months, a traveller will have protection for 25 years.

“Ensure you follow good personal hygiene habits and take care with food and water consumption to minimise your risk of contracting Hepatitis A.”

Hepatitis B

Around two to seven per cent of the population of the UAE are carriers of the hepatitis B virus, according to Bupa.

“Hepatitis B is a viral infection transmitted by exposure to infected blood or body fluids,” said Raja.

“Vaccination is recommended if direct exposure is likely e.g. unprotected intercourse, sharing of needles for tattoos/ body piercings, contaminated equipment used in medical procedures, etc.

“Ideally a course of 3/4 vaccinations before travel, depending on vaccination schedule.”

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) also share their travel advice on Dubai healthcare.

“Healthcare facilities in the UAE are generally comparable with those in the UK, but visitors may be prevented from using them without travel insurance or without the means to settle any medical fees,” said the FCO.

“Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.”

Raja concluded: “If you return from abroad feeling unwell, seek immediate medical advice, stating the country you have travelled too.”

Holidaymakers taking medication for personal use also need to be aware they’ll need to seek permission to enter the UAE with it. 

An online form has to be filled out by those declaring medication – and those who do not do so could be prosecuted and face jail time.