The UAE is likely to stay on the UK’s ‘red list’ despite the high vaccination rate in the country which will reduce the number of direct flights between the two countries.
This is despite the UAE’s high vaccination rate and its relatively low infection rate.
The UK is set to lift its ban on non-essential travel from May 17. But direct flights between the UK and the UAE could remain banned.
The UK’s Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps argued that the UAE’s transit hub status means it’s unlikely to be taken off the ‘red list.’ With Dubai and Abu Dhabi servicing millions of flyers a year from hundreds of destinations, Shapps’ argued that UK health authorities could not be certain about travellers’ origins.
Emirates’ president Sir Tim Clark was quick to disagree.
‘Leaving us on the red list for reasons of transit doesn’t make any sense because passengers can just go through other hubs.’
“It compromises our United Kingdom operation for Emirates. It’s a real pity if they keep us on the red list,” he continued.
Currently, those travelling from the UK to the UAE must go via a third country. And then isolate for 10 days in a government-approved quarantine hotel. Only British citizens, residents and visa holders are permitted entry.
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