The UAE has been removed from the UK’s travel corridor list due to a spike in Covid cases. The new restrictions start from today and mean anyone returning to the UK from the UAE needs to self-isolate for 10 days.
UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced the news via Twitter.
According to UK officials, Covid cases have risen 52% in the last seven days. And with Dubai a popular travel spot for sun-starved Brits, they’ve seen “a significant acceleration in the number of imported cases”. The UK meanwhile remains one of the worst-affected countries, with a death toll over 80,000.
The UAE has been popular with celebrities and sports teams this winter, all eager for sun and social distancing. The UAE and the UK first set up the travel corridor back in November 2020.
But that looks like coming to an end now for UK travellers as The Foreign Office has advised against all but essential travel to the emirates.