A travel corridor between the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom has officially opened.

As of 4am on Saturday, November 14, the UAE was taken off the UK’s mandatory 14-day quarantine list for incoming travellers. So, those travelling to the UK from Dubai or Abu Dhabi will no longer have to self-isolate.

There’s were also five other countries added to the UK’s quarantine exemption list: Bahrain, Cambodia, Chile, Iceland and Laos.

This change comes after it was confirmed last month that all tourists from the UK and Germany can be tested upon arrival at Dubai airport. They can also present a negative COVID-19 test which is valid 96 hours before the date of departure.

However, for those arriving into Abu Dhabi, you must self-isolate for 14 days. At present, there is also a tracking system in place whereby incoming passengers will be given an electronic wristband to wear for their 14-day quarantine.

Despite the mandatory quarantine being lifted for UAE residents travelling to the UK, all non-essential travel for tourist purposes is currently banned in the UK as the country is in lockdown until December 2.

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