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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced on Twitter this evening that a travel corridor between the UK and the UAE will be put in place from 4am Saturday. Talks of a travel corridor between London and the UAE were reported last month. A travel corridor between London and Dubai marks a huge milestone and would restart not only leisure travel but business travel too.
Dubai International Airport is the world’s busiest airport by international passenger traffic, with London Heathrow closely following.
His Excellency Mansoor Abulhoul, the UAE Ambassador to the UK commented on this evening’s announcement.
He said: “The announcement of a UAE-UK travel corridor today is brilliant news and a testament to the strength of the UAE-UK relationship.
“This lays a promising foundation for when normal international travel resumes.
“The UAE remains one of the safest places in the world against COVID-19 and continues to have one of the highest testing rates globally.
“Our hotels, restaurants and malls have been up and running since April and look forward to hosting many British visitors again soon.”
Since the announcement, British Airways has announced an offer for holidays to Dubai.
BA is offering customers the chance to save up to an additional £100 on Dubai holidays for travel up to November 2021.
Those who book by November 18 can get £100 off a minimum spend of £2,500 per booking or £50 off with a minimum spend of £1,500 per booking.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) says on their site that as of July 6, holders of full British passports will be granted a free of charge visitor/tourist visa upon arrival in the UAE.
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However, currently visitors and tourists can only fly to Dubai.
The visa that’s issued on arrival at the airport for British passport holders is valid for 30 days.
According to the FCDO, individuals travelling from the UK to Dubai can now take a coronavirus PCR test on arrival at Dubai airport.
The FCDO continues: “If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival in Dubai, depending on your symptoms and your accommodation plans, you may be required to self-isolate in a government led facility, a hospital, your hotel or privately arranged accommodation.
“For the rest of the the UAE, authorities have stated that, citizens, returning residents and tourists have to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test in the country they are currently in, and have proof of a negative result, before travelling to the UAE.
“If you are transiting through the UAE to a country that requires a PCR test on arrival, then you must obtain a negative PCR test before travelling.
“In all circumstances, the test must be a PCR swab test. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted. The test must have been carried out within 96 hours of departure.”
Children under the age of 12 or those with severe disabilities are exempt.
Those arriving in Abu Dhabi have to isolate for 14 days on arrival and will be required to wear a medically approved wristband for the duration of their quarantine.
The wristband is provided at Abu Dhabi airport after clearing immigration.
Tourists flying to Dubai have to complete a Health Declaration Form and a Quarantine Form.
Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival in the city.
Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.
Other requirements for those travelling to Dubai include international health insurance before travel and adhering to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including requirements to quarantine.
The city of Dubai is also a safe option for Britons having earned the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp for their high standard of safety and hygiene.
Dubai also has developed the Dubai Assured programme, where inspectors visit hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions every 15 days to check on health and safety standards.
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