UK flights to ‘red list’ Dubai resume with Emirates

EMIRATES has restarted flights from Dubai to the UK after the emirate was added to the high-risk list.

The airline announced plans to start the outbound flights, with the first operating on February 2.

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However, they won't be restarting holiday flights just yet, with the new flights primarily for UAE residents to return home.

The airline explained in a statement: "Emirates will re-instate outbound passenger operations from the UK, from February 2, 2021.

“Emirates is reinstating outbound flights from the UK to Dubai primarily to help return passengers, particularly UAE residents, to get home.

“Passenger services inbound to the UK remain suspended as per government directives."

“Passengers travelling from the UK should ensure they are permitted to travel as per latest the UK Government advisory and check the local entry requirements of their destination."

Flights are running from both London Heathrow – operating daily – and Manchester Airport – four times a week.

The UAE, along with Burundi and Rwanda, was added to the list of high-risk countries last week, joining Portugal, as well as South American and southern African nations.

When the quarantine hotel restrictions are in place – expected to be from February 15 – arrivals from all 33 countries on the high risk list will have to pay to self-isolate at a government-approved hotel for 10 days.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps previously said: "From tomorrow (Friday 29 Jan at 1pm), we’re extending our travel ban with the United Arab Emirates, Burundi and Rwanda all added to the UK's red list.

"This means people who have been in or transited through these countries will be denied entry, except British, Irish and third country nationals with residence rights who must self-isolate for ten days at HOME.

"Passengers must still have proof of a negative test and completed Passenger Locator Form before arrival – or could otherwise face a £500 fine for each."

The UAE has been forced to introduce stricter travel rules and measures after a spike in cases, which many have accused UK tourists, in particular social media influencers, of playing a part in.

British influencers in Dubai taunted the travel ban that meant they can no longer fly home saying: "Oh what a shame."

However, thousands of Brits jetted back from Dubai last Friday to try and beat the 1pm travel ban.

Holidaymakers packed three flights from the city in the United Arab Emirates and two more from Abu Dhabi, its capital.

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