Etihad Airways has confirmed to resume passenger flights for British, Irish nationals and passengers with residence rights for the UK on Tuesday.
However, it has been stressed that quarantine rules will apply as the UAE remains on the UK’s red-list for travel.
“Only British and Irish nationals and passengers with residence rights for the UK will be permitted to travel into the UK from a red-list country”, A spokesperson told Arabian Business.
All passengers will be required to quarantine for 10 full days in a managed quarantine hotel – at a cost of £1,750 per adult – take a Covid-19 PCR test on or before day two and on or after day eight of quarantining, and follow the national restrictions.
While all guests travelling from the UAE must pre-book a managed quarantine hotel within a 14-day period before arrival into London Heathrow.
The spokesperson added: “Flights departing the UK remain unaffected and continue to operate as scheduled from Terminal 2. Passengers arriving in Abu Dhabi can enjoy quarantine-free travel as the UK is on Abu Dhabi’s green list.
It was announced on Thursday last week that the UAE would remain on Britain’s travel red list for the foreseeable future, in what industry experts described as a “hammer blow” for the local tourism and business community.
In an unprecedented move, no new countries were added to the UK’s green list and Portugal – a former green list destination – was relegated to Britain’s red list.
Bahrain, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Costa Rica, Sudan, Trinidad and Tobago and Afghanistan were also added to the Red List.