Sumary of Why is Dubai on the red list?:
- Dubai will remain on the UK’s “red list”, following the government’s latest update to its travel traffic light system on 14 July.
- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) city-state attracted a record 16.7 million tourists in 2019, with British holidaymakers the third most popular visitors after Indian and Saudi travellers.
- Brits returning from red countries are subject to the harshest rules, and must pay for an 11-night package at a mandated quarantine hotel, at a cost of £1,750 per solo traveller.
- While it was hoped that some destinations might move from red to amber in the latest reshuffle, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), both beloved by British travellers, remain stuck on red.
- With thousands of travellers passing through the UAE daily on connecting flights, the UK government has argued it would be nigh on impossible to determine whether arrivals had originated from a red list country.
- The UK government is reviewing the traffic light system every three weeks, with the next announcement expected to take place on 4 August.