As travel begins to return to a resemblance of normality, many British expats in the UAE have been hoping to hear positive news regarding the country being removed from the UK’s red list.

The latest update from British authorities stated that those who are fully vaccinated travelling from the US or EU to the UK will not have to quarantine from next month. However, this does not apply to the UAE.

Since the UK introduced the red, amber and green light traffic travel system in January 2020, the UAE has remained on the red list, meaning visitors must pay to quarantine in a government-approved hotel for 10 days in the UK.

Following the latest update, Emirates Airline’s UK lead has shared his frustration over the lack of change for the UAE on the red list despite the vaccine rate in the country.

The divisional vice president of Emirates Airline, Richard Jewsbery, has explained, at this point, it’s a waiting game.

“It’s just a case of waiting for the UK authorities to shuffle the deck on the red, amber and green categories,” the Emirates UK boss 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.”

He has reportedly been in contact with the UK government, showcasing the high vaccination levels in the UAE and low infection rate. However, the UAE remains on the red list.

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