Commenting about UAE being on UK’s red list, Sheikh Ahmed said that Dubai will have to prove to the UK that the UAE is one of the top three in the world for vaccination. In addition, the country has rolled out over 12 million vaccinations already.
The Chief of the Dubai airline is optimistic that the UK will soon open borders for UAE residents. Earlier, Mansoor Abulhoul, the UAE Ambassador to the UK tweeted, “The UAE is one of the safest countries in the world in relation to Covid-19.” Abulhoul further stated that summer is a key reason for Emiratis and the hundreds of thousands of Britons living in the UAE to visit the UK. “I hope that trade and tourism will soon resume, as well as the opportunity for families and friends across our two nations to reunite”, he added.
He also added that the UAE has the second fastest vaccination rate and is combating the pandemic by restricting entry from high-risk countries.
Rules For Travellers Arriving To UK From Green List Countries
UK’s green list currently has just 12 countries and territories including:
Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands
Those arriving from countries mentioned on the ‘green list’ must complete a passenger locator form, take a covid PCR test within two days of arrival, at their own expense. Passengers arriving in UK from the green list countries need not quarantine unless the test result is positive.
Rules For Travellers Arriving To The UK From Red List Countries
Travellers who have been in a red list country in the last 10 days, will be allowed to enter the UK if he/she is a British national, an Irish National, or a resident of the UK. Those arriving in the UK from red list countries must complete the passenger locator form, take a Covid PCR test, quarantine in a hotel for 10 days and take a second covid test before day 2 as well as day 8 of quarantining.
Travellers must book a managed quarantine hotel package. This will include stay, transport and PCR test on day 2 and day 8 of quarantine. The managed quarantine hotel can be booked within a 14 days before arrival. The cost of a government-mandated hotel would approximately come up to AED9,000 per head for 10 days. Travellers must bear all the quarantine expenses.
Furthermore, travellers who are required to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel can only arrive in England at certain ports of entry. Currently these are:
London City Airport
Those who fail to arrange a quarantine package prior to arrival in England, will face a penalty of up to £4,000.
List Of All The Red List Countries
Democratic Republic of Congo
United Arab Emirates
Travellers arriving from Amber countries must quarantine for 10 days at home upon arrival in the UK. In addition, they must also pay for two PCR tests on arrival: one on day two and one on day eight.