UAE and Qatar removed from quarantine list – Middle East transits now possible
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Your travel planning got slightly easier on Thursday when Grant Shapps announced that a number of countries have been removed from the 14-day self isolation list.
- Turks & Caicos Islands
From 4am on Saturday 14th November, anyone returning to England from these countries will NOT have to self isolate for fourteen days.
This doesn’t mean, of course, that all of the countries above are willing to let you in! In the case of the UAE, however, Dubai is happily accepting British tourists.
BA Holidays has launched a Dubai flash sale
BA Holidays has jumped in with a flash sale to Dubai, valid for travel up to November 2021.
Book by Wednesday 18th November to make the following additional savings:
- £100 extra discount with a minimum spend of £2,500 per booking
- £50 extra discount with a minimum spend of £1,500 per booking
Transit flights are now easier
Whilst Doha remains closed, I believe, this is excellent news for anyone planning to fly with Qatar Airways.
As Qatar is now on the corridor list, you can book a Qatar Airways flight back to the UK – connecting in Doha – and avoid quarantine as long as your starting point is also on the corridor list.
The same applies, obviously, for Emirates and Etihad, providing that you meet any local rules regarding transit flights.
There are only a few long haul destinations beyond the Middle East which would also not trigger quarantine. However, it does – for example – make it easier to get to the Maldives or Seychelles. Flying home via the UAE or Doha will not now trigger quarantine.
Let’s see if any of the Middle Eastern airlines decides to capitalise on this move with some strong UK deals in time for Christmas.
Greece has been added to the quarantine list
It’s not all good news. Mainland Greece has been added to the quarantine list.
This excludes Corfu, Crete, Rhodes, Zakynthos and Kos although you may struggle to find direct flights at this time of year. Anyone returning from elsewhere in Greece after 4am on Saturday will need to self-isolate for 14 days.
The Government has not yet amended the list of countries exempt from the Foreign Office ‘do not travel’ list (click here, but the standalone list has been temporarily removed for the November lockdown).
The official ‘travel corridor’ list is on this page of the Government website.