The British authorities announced the addition of the United Arab Emirates, Burundi and Rwanda to the “Red List” of countries from which travel to Britain is prohibited as part of the precautionary measures to confront the Corona virus.
The measure, which aims to halt the spread of the South African mutation of the virus, will take effect on Friday.
Citizens of Britain, Ireland and nationals of other countries who have the right to reside in the United Kingdom will be permitted entry, but will have to self-isolate for 10 days at home.
A number of social media influencers have visited Dubai in recent weeks, despite Britain’s ban on leisure travel.
While they insisted that their trips are for business purposes, the Ministry of Transportation said that any normally applicable travel exemptions would not be applied, including travel for business purposes.
There will also be a no-fly zone on direct passenger flights from the UAE.
The UAE was the most popular destination for long-haul flights in November 2020, with 84,500 people traveling to and from the Gulf country, according to the Civil Aviation Authority.
The recent additions to Britain’s “red list” mean that travel to Britain is now banned from 33 countries.
As of 4:00 on Friday, all expatriates who were in these countries during the 10 days prior to their arrival in Britain will have to immediately isolate themselves with their families, and they will not be eligible to take a coronavirus test to return to normal life, which is the procedure. Which was allowing travelers to leave quarantine early in the event that their Corona test results came out negative after five days.
Transport Minister Grant Shaps, in turn, said that passengers allowed to enter Britain would need evidence of a negative test result and a form showing your movement before arrival, or they could face two fines of 500 pounds.
The British people who are currently in the Emirates should take advantage of the available commercial flights if they wish to return to their country, according to the Ministry of Transport.
Indirect commercial flights that will enable British and Irish citizens and residents to return to Britain continue to operate.
This comes after the government announced, on Wednesday, that it would tighten travel rules.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said that people wishing to travel outside Britain will be required to disclose the reason for their travel and prove it is necessary.