Dubai could soon be back on the menu for British holidaymakers, says the head of the emirate’s airport operator. An air link between London and the United Arab Emirates is currently being discussed at government level, which could see a reciprocal quarantine-free travel arrangement.
Paul Griffith, CEO of Dubai Airports, told Bloomberg TV that the progression of the plans is “in the hands of politicians”, and that negotiations are currently in process with other cities around the world.
Boosting tourism in the emirate is “an essential part of the kick-start of the global economy,” said Griffith. “It’s about time that governments actually recognise what a great job the travel and tourism industry is doing in controlling the spread of the virus.”
The UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office currently advises against non-essential travel to the UAE, of which Dubai is part. As such, travellers from the UK must quarantine for 14 days on their return, and risk invalidating their travel insurance if they decide to visit.
On Monday, Emirates – Dubai’s government-owned airline – announced that pre-travel Covid testing was no longer mandatory for visitors from the UK and Germany. Britons may now take a PCR test on arrival instead, and transiting passengers are not required to supply a certificate unless required by their final destination.
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