UK Government Introduces Mandatory Quarantine For Red Zone Countries

Written and Published January 29, 2021


The UK Government announced that passengers arriving back to the UK from countries that are in the red zone will have to undergo mandatory hotel quarantine. Also, the UK announced yesterday that they were adding the United Arab Emirates, Rwanda, and Burundi to the list of countries marked as the red zone. Following these announcements, Emirates decided to suspend services between the UK and Dubai until further notice.

UK Government Introduces Mandatory Quarantine For Red Zone Countries

UK Government Introduces Mandatory Quarantine


Passengers arriving back to the UK from countries that are marked as the ‘red zone’ will have to undergo mandatory hotel quarantine at their own cost. A negative PCR test taken no more than 72h before departure is also still mandatory. Returning citizens will need to quarantine for ten nights and all non- British nationals arriving from these countries will be denied entry. This will also apply to passengers that were transitioning through one of the countries in the red zone. Returning British nationals will have to undergo the mandatory quarantine even if their test comes back as negative. All direct flights between the UK and countries in the red zone are being suspended as well.

UK Government Introduces Mandatory Quarantine For Red Zone Countries

Countries that are currently in the red zone:

-Angola

-Argentina

-Bolivia

-Botswana

-Brazil

-Burundi

-Cape Verde

-Chile

-Colombia

-Democratic Republic of Congo

-Ecuador

-Eswatini

-French Guiana

-Guyana

-Lesotho

-Malawi

-Mauritius

-Mozambique

-Namibia

-Panama

-Paraguay

-Peru

-Portugal

-Rwanda

-Seychelles

-South Africa

-Suriname

-Tanzania

-Uruguay

-United Arab Emirates

-Venezuela

-Zambia

-Zimbabwe

Emirates Suspends Flights To The UK


Following the announcement that UAE is marked a red zone country, all flights between UK and Dubai are being suspended. This officially comes into effect on January 29, 2021. The UK is one of the largest markets for Emirates and this is a huge blow for the carrier. For now, there is no official date as to when flights between UK and Dubai will restart.

Last flights to the UK are:

-EK 07 from Dubai to London Heathrow

-EK 01 from Dubai to London Heathrow

-EK 39 from Dubai to Birmingham

-EK 27 from Dubai to Glasgow

The last flights from the UK are:

-EK 08 to Dubai from London Heathrow

-EK 02 to Dubai from London Heathrow

-EK 40 to Dubai from Birmingham

-EK 28 to Dubai from Glasgow