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Emirates airline welcomes UK’s decision to add UAE to its ‘amber list’ for travel

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Emirates has welcomed on Thursday the United Kingdom’s decision to add the UAE to its ‘amber list’ for international travel.

The UAE, along with Bahrain, Qatar, and India have been moved n Wednesday from the UK red list to the amber list in the latest review of the British government’s traffic light system for international travel amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Adnan Kazim, Emirates Chief Commercial Officer said: “Emirates welcomes the decision to add the UAE to the UK’s ‘amber list’ for international travel, reflecting the extensive steps that have been taken to mitigate the spread of the virus in the UK and UAE.''

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“Since the UK’s announcement last evening, we’ve seen a huge surge in queries from customers desperate to travel to see their families, planning their kids’ return for the new school term, as well as their postponed business or holiday travel. Emirates is reviewing our operations to various points in the UK and any service restart will be announced in the usual fashion,” he added.

"The UAE currently has one of the world’s most successful vaccination programs –- with over 79 percent of the population having received one dose and over 71 percent already fully vaccinated. Given the low numbers of coronavirus cases in the UAE, the extensive testing at Dubai International Airport, and the careful health and safety measures in place across the passenger journey, we hope to see the UAE moving to the ‘green’ list soon.”

“We have been working closely with partners around the world, including IATA, to help passengers easily and securely manage their travel in line with any government requirements for COVID-19 testing or vaccine information and will continue to work with the UK government to safely resume travel,” he concluded.

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