The new quarantine rules are effective immediately…

If you’re flying from Dubai to Scotland, brace yourself for a 10-day quarantine on arrival. The Scottish Government yesterday announced a mandatory quarantine for all passengers arriving from Dubai, effective from 4am today, Monday January 11.

According to the announcement on, the new rule comes as a number of positive Covid-19 cases have been picked up in travellers arriving in Glasgow from Dubai since the start of the year.

The announcement says that “this preventative action addresses the significant rise in cases of Covid-19, and the increase in the numbers of cases testing positive in Scotland.”

The Scottish Transport Secretary Michael Matheson said: “Imposing quarantine requirements on those arriving in the UK is our first defence in managing the risk of imported cases from communities with high risks of transmission. That is why we have made the decision to remove Dubai from the country exemptions list.

“Whether or not an overseas destination has been designated for quarantine restrictions, our message remains clear that people should not currently be undertaking non-essential foreign travel. People need to stay at home to help suppress the virus, protect our NHS and save lives.”

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PCR test now required for flights to UK

On Saturday, the UK updated its entry requirement for travellers entering England and Scotland. From a yet-to-be-confirmed date this week, anyone entering by air, land or sea into the country will need to present a negative PCR test.

You must’ve conducted the test in the previous 72 hours, and anyone who fails to produce one will be given an on-the-spot fine. The fine is set at £500 (Dhs2,496) and applies to any traveller, with the exception of a small few.

Flights to Hong Kong on hold

On January 9, Emirates announced that it was suspending all flights to Hong Kong, until January 22. The move follows a directive from Hong Kong authorities.

The Emirates website says customers holding tickets on flight EK384 with a final destination to Hong Kong, from 9 to 22 January 2021, will not be accepted for travel at their point of origin. However, customers traveling to Bangkok as the final destination will be accepted for travel.

Flight from Hong Kong to Dubai will continue as planned.

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