Cruise ship calls into Dubai and Abu Dhabi are being barred as part of travel restrictions imposed by the United Arab Emirates to contain the spread of coronavirus.

The Foreign Office advised passengers due to travel on a cruise with an itinerary including any ports in the UAE to contact their travel company.

In updated travel advice, the FCO said: “Some routes to and from the United Arab Emirates by air, land and sea have been suspended. You should check with your travel provider before travelling.

“Passenger cruises are currently not be allowed to dock in the UAE as a result of measures taken to combat coronavirus.

“The Cruise Line International Association has adopted an enhanced member health policy which all Clia ocean member cruise lines are required to follow to address the coronavirus.

“If you are planning to travel on an international cruise that is due to call at any port in the UAE, contact your travel company for the latest information.”

Public health measures and restrictions in the UAE may change quickly and may be “significant,” the FCO warned.

UAE citizens and have been advised by the Gulf nation’s health ministry not to travel abroad.

Those who travel may face preventative measures, including isolation, on their return to the UAE.

The FCO added: “A number of events have been cancelled in the UAE in the coming weeks and months.

“If you are planning to attend a specific event in the UAE, please check with the organisers before travelling.”