The UAE remains on the UK’s Red List but there remains hope that the flights between the two countries will open up later this summer.
The UK updated its list of Red and Green countries last night. But despite new additions including Ibiza and Malta, the UAE remains on the UK’s Red List meaning no direct flights.
Which we’re sure is heartbreaking news for the hundreds of thousands of British expats in the area keen to see their family and friends. The UAE has been on the UK’s Red List since January despite having one of the most successful vaccine roll-outs in the world.
But there is an element of hope for Brits in the UAE. The travel rules are reviewed every three weeks. And Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths recently told Bloomberg TV that he ‘doesn’t expect the country to be removed from the UK’s red list before the end of June or July’.
So while he might have expected this news, it seems he’s hopeful that travel will be permitted after July.
And with Expo 2020 Dubai less than 100 days away and expecting millions of international visitors, we’d expect travel restrictions to start loosening in the near future.
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