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Covid-19: UAE, India to move to UK amber list on August 8

Prasun Sonwalkar/London
Filed on August 5, 2021

UK lifts ban on travel from UAE, India, Bahrain, Qatar.


The Boris Johnson government on Wednesday night moved the UAE, India, Bahrain and Qatar from the ‘red’ list of countries – from where travel is banned – to the ‘amber’ list, which means travellers from these countries will be allowed to travel to the UK from Sunday (August 8).

Officials said the decision was taken following an improvement in the Covid-19 situation in these countries in recent weeks and months.

All changes will take effect from 4am on Sunday.

Passengers will need to take a Covid-19 test three days before travel, book and pay for tests to be taken after arrival in England and complete a passenger locator form.

On arrival in England, the passengers will need to quarantine at home or in the place they will be staying for 10 days, and take a test on or before the second day and on or after the eighth day of their arrival.

“The data for all countries will be kept under review and the government will not hesitate to take action where a country’s epidemiological picture changes,” an official statement said.

British transport secretary Grant Shapps said: “We’re committed to opening up international travel safely, taking advantage of the gains we’ve made through our successful vaccination programme, helping connect families, friends and businesses around the world”.

He added: “While we must continue to be cautious, today’s changes reopen a range of different holiday destinations across the globe, which is good news for both the sector and travelling public.”

The UK government also announced that arrivals from France to England will no longer need to quarantine if they are fully vaccinated. Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, Romania and Norway will be added to the government’s green list, having demonstrated they posed a low risk to UK public health, officials added.

British health secretary Sajid Javid said: “As we learn to live with this virus, we’re continuing to take steps to safely reopen international travel based on the latest data and expert public health advice”.

He added: “The vaccines have already prevented around 60,000 deaths and 22 million infections in England and, with over seven in 10 adults in the UK now double-jabbed, we are building a wall of defence against the disease.”

Following an assessment of the latest data, Georgia, La Reunion, Mayotte and Mexico will be added to the red list, since they present a high public health risk to the UK from known variants of concern, known high-risk variants under investigation or as a result of very high in-country or territory prevalence of Covid-19.

Since February, only British nationals and those with permanent residency who arrive in the UK from a country in the ‘red’ list has been required by law to book a stay in a managed quarantine facility for 10 days.

The quarantine price for single adult travellers will increase from £1,750 (Dh8290) to £2,285 (Dh11,660) from August 12, and £1,430 (Dh7,297) for a second adult, the statement added.

UAE-UK travel: What you need to know

The UAE Embassy in the UK has tweeted a list of the new rules for people planning to visit the country.

>> Travellers will have to present a PCR test conducted 72 hours before their departure

>> People have to register themselves in the Locator Form system

>> Visitors have to undergo quarantine for a period of 10 days

>> PCR tests have to be done on the second and eighth day of the quarantine period.

>> Quarantine is not mandatory for travellers who have received both doses of Covid vaccine from the NHS in England, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A PCR examination, however, has to be done on the second day for people in this category.

>> Travellers who have not received both doses of the Covid vaccine from the above mentioned health authorities, have to undergo quarantine.





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