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UAE added to UK’s quarantine-free travel corridor list

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Those travelling to the UK from the UAE from Saturday will no longer have to quarantine for 14 days.

People travelling from the UAE to Britain will no longer have to quarantine for two weeks as part of the UK’s new air travel corridor list.

However, they must have spent at least two weeks in the emirate to qualify for the quarantine exemption, according to the Department of Transport.

Those coming from Iceland, Chile, Laos, Cambodia, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Bahrain, Qatar will also no longer have to quarantine for two weeks, it was announced on Thursday.

Elsewhere, Britain travellers from most of Greece other than the islands of Corfu, Crete, Rhodes, Zakynthos and Kos will now have to isolate for 14 days because of a spike in cases.

The new regulations come into force on Saturday from 0400 GMT (8am UAE).

Britain has extended its travel ban on Denmark to stop the spread of coronavirus for a further 14 days, the government announced on Thursday.

The strict measures were first announced by the UK on November 7 in response to the threat from a mutated version of Covid-19 found in humans and linked to mink farms.

“Following advice from the Chief Medical Officer, the travel ban introduced on 7th November 2020 on Denmark will also be extended for a further 14 days,” the transport ministry said.

“British Nationals, visa holders and permanent residents returning to the UK directly or indirectly from Denmark will need to self-isolate along with all other members of their household for 14 days from the date they were last in Denmark.”

Last week, Denmark announced the Covid-19 mutation had jumped from mink to humans and infected 12 people in the country’s north.

It has warned it could threaten the effectiveness of any future vaccine against coronavirus and ordered the slaughter of all of the country’s roughly 17 million mink.

Earlier on Thursday, top US government scientist Anthony Fauci said Denmark was right to take precautions.

The mutation could affect monoclonal antibodies used to treat severe Covid cases, he told the Chatham House international affairs think-tank via video-link.

But he said research by his team showed “it doesn’t appear at this point that the mutation that’s been identified in the mink is going to have an impact on the vaccines”.