Quarantine Free Travel to the UK for These UAE Residents

  • Publish date: Tuesday، 09 November 2021
Quarantine Free Travel to the UK for These UAE Residents
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UK’s Department of Transport updated its quarantine rules for passengers from the UAE. Those who have been vaccinated with Sinopharm no longer be required to take a pre-departure test or self-isolate upon arrival to the UK at 4:00 am on November 22.

The UK will recognise the vaccines on the World Health Organisation’s Emergency Use Listing. Such as Sinopharm, Sinovac, and Covaxin, in addition to the previously recognized Pfizer BioNTech, Oxford AstraZeneca (including Covishield), Moderna and Janssen (J&J).

Fully vaccinated travellers from one of the 135 approved countries are not required to take a pre-departure test, day eight test or self-isolate upon arrival. They’re have to take a lateral flow test before the end of the second day, post-arrival.

Those under 18 will only be required to take one post-arrival test and a confirmatory free PCR test if they test positive.

Here are the steps before and after travel

Pre-travel, the passenger must book and pay for a COVID-19 test. A passenger locator form must be filled 48 hours before arrival. Both lateral flow tests or PCR tests are recognised as valid COVID-19 tests.

Post arrival, the previously paid-for COVID-19 test must be taken on or before day two. Arrival day is considered day zero.

Self-isolation for ten days applies if the lateral test and PCR test shows positive for COVID-19.