Travellers flying from UAE to UK must now quarantine for 10 days
It is due to a ‘steep rise’ in Covid-19 cases…
If you’re currently from the UK and you’re holidaying in the UAE, you must be aware that you must now quarantine for 10 days upon arrival back into the UK, by law. Anyone flying back to the UK from 4am GMT on Tuesday, January 12, will have to self-isolate.
This includes anyone arriving to England, Wales or Northern Ireland. It follows a separate announcement yesterday, Monday, January 11, that any passengers arriving from the UAE to Scotland would have to quarantine for 10 days after arriving.
A statement from the Department for Transport said: “The decision has been made following a significant acceleration in the number of imported cases, along with the number of reported new cases over the past seven days, which have risen in the UAE by 52 per cent.”
— Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP (@grantshapps) January 11, 2021
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You must have a valid negative PCR test to fly from the UAE
On Saturday, the UK updated its entry requirement for travellers entering England and Scotland. Anyone entering by air, land or sea into the country will need to present a negative PCR test.
Whilst there doesn’t seem to be an official date that this starts on the GOV.UK website, a number of reports, including one from Sky News, indicate that the need for a negative PCR test to enter the UK will come into effect on Friday, January 15.
You must’ve conducted the test in the previous 72 hours before flying, 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.
According to Sky News, Transport Minister Robert Courts said, ‘”Both globally and domestically we are seeing significant increases in levels of coronavirus, including the emergence of worrying new strains”.