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Dubai removed from the travel corridors list with immediate effect

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The Government announced this evening that the United Arab Emirates has been removed from the ‘travel corridors’ list.

Anyone landing in the UK after visiting Dubai, Abu Dhabi or any of the other Emirates after 4am tomorrow (Tuesday) will need to quarantine for 10 days. This can be reduced to 5 days via the ‘test to release’ scheme.

The removal comes after a sharp rise in reported cases in the UAE over the last couple of days. The Scottish Government brought in its own block this morning after cases involving the Celtic football team which had taken a ‘training break’ in Dubai.

The official ‘travel corridor’ list, which already reflects this change, is on this page of the Government website.

Comments (96)

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  • JJ says:

    I had C19 in December. From Key Worker – no blame at all. Do you think I still need to sit at home for another 4-6 months? ps. I am young ish and healthy..

    • Chris L says:

      The law says you do

      • TGLoyalty says:

        You mean unless you’re going out for one of the permitted reasons.

        A previous case of C19 doesn’t mean you won’t get it again.

        • Tariq says:

          Allegedly. Conventional science would disagree.

          Why would the OP need to stay at home for 6 months? Shielding is just a recommendation, not a legal requirement.

          • TGLoyalty says:

            I’m not sure what you mean.

            Conventional science says you can get C19 many times, as you do with other types of coronavirus.

            People have suffered the symptoms twice in a year not just test positive ie asymptomatic.

          • Harpo says:

            No alleged about it. We’ve had several cases who’ve had confirmed positives for discrete episodes, and I lost a dear ex-colleague recently on his second infection.

        • Joe says:

          It’s very very rare to get it again within a short space of time.

      • RajBad says:

        Sitting at home for the next 4-6 months will lead to depression
        Get out as much as you can and stay within the “guidance” is my advice
        Lockdowns work to a degree but are VERY difficult to police
        2021 = year of the introvert

    • Harry T says:

      You can get it twice and transmit it too.

  • Matty says:

    World’s busiest international travel route in January 2021? DXB-LHR:

  • Dooly says:

    I’m not sure if anyone knows or knows where I can find out more info. Does anyone know if flights connecting in London where bags need to be picked up and checked back in would also be affected? My final destination is Switzerland. Am I officially coming into the UK or not? What if I don’t need to pick up bags and can transit airside?

    • The real John says:

      Transit is allowed and it is irrelevant whether you do it airside or landside.

      You must travel directly to your next flight and technically you should self-isolate between your flights (in a chair at the airport, I suppose).

    • Sam G says:

      No impact, you can still cross the border regardless, just fill out your PLF and state you are in transit and check in for your next flight as usual

      If you needed a hotel for some reason that would also be fine but you’d need to isolate in your room

  • illuminatus says:

    ‘will need to quarantine for 10 days’ – lol, is there anything else allowed to do in the UK atm?..

  • Kiran says:

    10 months into this it should be obvious to everyone that any international travel comes with the risk that the rules could change at any time.

  • Mikeey says:

    Not too surprising really given how many Brits were over there taking our nice new variant! I see the BBC report says they’ve had a sharp rise in imported cases…

    • Blenz101 says:

      From averaging 1500 to 2000 cases per day it jumped to 3000. Hence all the news reports of a 50% jump.

      Back down to 2400 cases yesterday.

      Figures are not published by emirate so although Dubai is always cited there could equally have been an outbreak at a labour camp in Sharjah.

      • Erico1875 says:

        “Labour camp” says it all.

        • Rob says:

          As I have said before, I am guessing you are not personally in favour of letting unlimited numbers of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi citizens with no educational qualifications into the UK to work. This means that they go where they can get work, since there is no work at home.

          Email Boris, tell him to allow unqualified immigation from the Indian subcontinent, and suddenly working conditions in the Middle East will improve massively because they will be competing with the UK for labourers.

          • luckyjim says:

            So, by Rob’s logic, the solution to exploited child labourers in China is to legalise child labour in the UK and allow immigration from China. Competition for child labourers will drive up wages and working conditions.

          • Jamie says:

            The problem is not that they go there for work, it’s the way they’re mistreated once they’re there. This can be objected to without advocating for an immigration free for all policy.

      • Jonathan says:

        Do you believe that they would actually report cases from migrant labour camps?!

        Equally what are the odds that all the 20 something Insta “stars” would actually get tested if they became symptomatic out there?

        I can quite believe the cases are fairly low amongst the Emirati & affluent expat communities but to think there are no risks with throwing large numbers of young tourists together to mingle then head home to a multitude of different countries where they don’t then quarantine has no risks attached is laughable.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          So many assumptions.

          • Jonathan says:

            Why are they assumptions? A quick trawl of my Facebook/Instagram shows a very strong correlation between those who’ve been in Dubai & those who have been consistently ignoring the regulations in the UK.

            Just because the HfP readership stay in high end hotels out there with no mixing & strong adherence to regulations doesn’t mean there aren’t huge numbers of <30’s flying in economy, drinking in each other’s hotel rooms with no social distancing/masks & acquainting themselves intimately with others!

            A negative PCR 96 hours before they travel to Dubai does not remotely equate to them being no risk when they return to the U.K. If a worse strain than Kent/RSA originates elsewhere what would be its most likely route into the U.K. in the last week?

        • Blenz101 says:

          Yes, they do report cases from the camps in the same way as any other person who takes a test.

          Every test is recorded against an Emirates ID for residents and they have regularly undertaken mass door to door testing in high density neighbourhoods.

          I agree the working conditions for labours are not what would expect to see in the west (10 hour days, 6 days a week) and I personally wouldn’t want to live in dormitory accommodation but the reality of the world we live in is that these conditions are better than those on the subcontinent and allow the migrant workers to provide for their families.

          • kitten says:

            Well said Blenz
            I feel the same way about the readily available company in Bangkok.

            I dont like it but…

  • Aston100 says:

    Until there is proper enforcement and proper penalties, many people will continue to ignore quarantine and suchlike.

    • ChrisW says:

      Agreed. I have little sympathy for all of these wannabe ‘influencers’ who flocked to Dubai against government advice to avoid lockdown here.

      • Ben says:

        I also doubt they will be flocking back. For what? To sit inside till Easter? If they can afford to stay out there then most will.

  • Ben says:

    Standard MSM anti-Celtic bias on show again

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