After 200 questionable days, the UAE has finally been removed from the UK’s travel Red List as Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport, announced new travel rules which moved the Emirates to amber status.
UAE citizens and residents have expressed happiness and satisfaction as the UK government eased inbound travel rules for those coming from the UAE.
The move means an end to the expensive mandatory hotel quarantine, which has seen thousands of passengers forced to pay thousands of pounds if arriving from the UAE. this Is the biggest relief for returnees is an end to the 10-day costly mandatory quarantine.
The cost of that was set to rise from August 12 from £1,750 to £2,285. More than 100,000 passengers have passed through hotel quarantine in England in the five months since the system was set up.
But visitors from amber-list countries such as the UAE, as well as those who are not fully vaccinated, need to self-isolate for 10 days.
Not only UAE Qatar, India and Bahrain will be moved from the Red List to the Amber List. All changes come into effect Sun 8th August at 4 am.
According to the UK Government’s red, green and amber list rules, travellers arriving from the UAE will still need to quarantine for ten days at home with the option of doing the ‘Test to Release’ scheme, in which you can pay for a private Covid-19 test to end your quarantine early.
According to GOV.UK, to take part in the scheme you need to:
- Take a PCR test within three days before arriving to England
- Book and pay for a Covid test before you travel to England.
- Enter details of your test in the passenger locator form.
On arrival to England you must:
- Quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days
- Take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8
- You can book a private test on the ‘test to release’ scheme after 5 days of quarantine