DUBAI in the United Arab Emirates is still on the UK’s red list of countries.
Here is everything you need to know about the UAE being off the list of places Brits can safely travel to.
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Dubai is a popular holiday destination for Brits but the UAE is currently on the government’s travel red list[/caption]
When will Dubai come off the red list?
There has been no official indication when the UAE might be taken off the red list but it does not look like it will be any time soon.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps previously said that the UAE was likely to stay on the red list as it’s an international transit hub – despite its falling Covid cases and a successful vaccination campaign.
Over 60 per cent of UAE resident have now had their first dose and close to half are fully inoculated against the coronavirus.
“We’re not restricting the UAE due to the level of coronavirus in the UAE,” Shapps told an aviation event, adding, “the issue is one of transit”.
Brits can only currently travel to Dubai for essential reasons[/caption]
What are current the travel rules from the UK to Dubai?
Travel to the UAE is currently still subject to entry restrictions:
- Tourists travelling from or through the UK and arriving in Dubai or Abu Dhabi must have a negative PCR test, taken no more than 72 hours before.
- Travellers arriving in Dubai may be required to undertake a further PCR test on arrival and will have to isolate pending the result.
There are few lockdown restrictions in place in the UAE, with most shops, restaurants, bars and tourist attractions open.
Social distancing and face masks are mandatory when not at home or at a hotel.
If returning from Dubai, you must have:
- A negative test taken before returning to the UK
- Pre-booked, mandatory ten-day quarantine at hotel, costing £1,750
- Two Covid tests, taken on day two and day eight, included in the cost.
Shapps has previously said: “Red countries are those which should not be visited except in the most extreme of circumstances, where repeated testing and isolation in designated Government hotels on return is compulsory.
“Non-UK residents who have been in a red country in the last 10 days will still be barred from entering the UK.”
The government reviews its travel traffic light system every three weeks[/caption]
When is the next travel review?
The Government’s travel traffic light system, of red, amber and green countries, is reviewed every three weeks.
The next update should take place on July 15 after the last one took place on June 24.
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In the last review, Spain’s Balearic Islands were added to the green list of countries.
Also added to the green list were Madeira, Malta and a number of the UK’s overseas territories and Caribbean islands.
The announcement should take place just a few days before what has become known as ‘Freedom Day,’ when the last remaining lockdown restrictions are ended in the UK.