UAE residents and British nationals travelling into the UK are no longer required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
14 November 2020| Last updated on 15 November 2020
Christmas has come early for UAE residents and UK citizens thinking of flying this year!
It's official! Flyers arriving in the United Kingdom from the UAE are now exempt from self-isolating on arrival. Previously, passengers coming from the UAE were required to quarantine at home or at a hotel for 14 days as a precaution against the virus.
From Saturday, 14th November, the rule no longer applies as the Emirates joins the UK's list of countries that are quarantine-free on arrival, which also includes Bahrain, Turkey, Iceland, Laos, Cambodia, and Chile.
In order to qualify for the quarantine exemption, travellers must have spent at least two weeks in the UAE to avoid mandatory self-isolation, said the Department of Transport.
So if you or someone you know is in Britian and is looking for some sunshine to warm the winter months, travelling between the two countries is now more hassle-free. Currently, however, international travel from England has been prohibited unless it is for work.
The news comes in the midst of UK's second national lockdown, which is set to run until at least until the first week of December. Thus, anyone travelling into the UK must adhere to the country's rules on Covid-19.
UAE health officials reported 1,174 new Covid-19 cases, 678 further recoveries and zero deaths.
The overall tally in the country is now at 149,135, out of which 142,561 are in the clear. According to the Ministry of Health, there are currently 6,046 active cases in the country.
Over 14.7 million Covid-19 tests have been carried out in the Emirates so far.