Emirates frustrated by UAE’s red list status in UK

Emirates frustrated by UAE’s red list status in UK

Emirates airline’s UK boss has spoken of his frustration that the UAE remains on the British government’s so-called ‘red list’ for travel.

Richard Jewsbury said he had presented data to the UK government showing high vaccination rates and low levels of infection in the UAE but that nothing had happened as a result.

Red list status means travellers entering the UK from the UAE must quarantine for 10 days in a designated hotel, at a cost of £1,750 ($2,394) per traveller.

British government ministers are considering dropping quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated British expatriates, but this would not apply to red list countries, only amber list ones.

The UK is also expected to drop quarantine requirements for double-vaccinated visitors from the EU and the US in August.

Before the pandemic Emirates operated about 20 flights a day between the UK and the UAE. Currently there are just two Emirates flights between the two countries each day.

Jewsbury said the decision to keep the UAE on the red list was frustrating given favourable Covid data, particularly the vaccination rate, with 69% of the UAE population fully inoculated against the virus.

“It’s just a case of waiting for the UK authorities to shuffle the deck on the red, amber and green categories,” he told the Press Association. “The next change should be during the first half of August and we would hope to see some movement reflective of the state of play in the UAE and all the health and safety measures that have been put in place across the passenger journey.”