Emirates says it has seen a “huge surge in queries” following the UK government’s decision to remove the UAE from the strictest red list.

The UAE is one of several destinations including India, Bahrain and Qatar which will move from the red to the amber list from 0400 on Sunday August 8, meaning that arrivals will no longer need to undergo ten days of quarantine in a government-approved hotel.

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Emirates’ chief commercial officer Adnan Kazim welcomed the decision, saying that it reflected “the extensive steps that have been taken to mitigate the spread of the virus in the UK and UAE”.

“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,” said Kazim.

“Emirates is reviewing our operations to various points in the UK and any service restart will be announced in the usual fashion.

“The UAE currently has one of the world’s most successful vaccination programmes – with over 79 per cent of the population having received one dose and over 71 per cent 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.”

When Business Traveller checked the “Our current network and services” page of Emirates’ website, it listed Birmingham, London Heathrow and Manchester as the carrier’s three currently actives routes to the UK.