COVID-19: UK announces new travel ban

The British Embassy, via Twitter, has announced that a travel ban will be placed between the UAE and the UK. The ban becomes effective on the 29th of January from 1pm UK time.


“You will not be able to fly directly to the UK from the UAE after this time.”


Burundi and Rwanda were added to the list alongside the UAE.


Non-citizens will be barred from travelling to the UK from the UAE, and British citizens who intend to do so will have to undergo a 10-day quarantine.


The rapid increase in coronavirus cases and new variant of the virus discovered in South Africa seems to have promoted the new announcement by the embassy.


British nationals currently in the UAE have been advised to make use of indirect flights if they wish to return to the UK.


The embassy has advised British nationals currently in the UAE to make use of indirect flights if they wish to return to the UK.


Also, the UK government on Thursday exempted Nigeria from the list of 30 countries banned from entering the UK

“Coronavirus restrictions on travel and transport to England,” include Angola, Argentina, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, and Eswatini (former Swaziland).

Others are French Guiana, Guyana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores), Seychelles, South Africa, Suriname, Tanzania, Uruguay, Venezuela Zambia, and Zimbabwe”


The government urged travellers to get tested or be fined with the sum of £500 on travellers without a proof of COVID-19 tests.


The statement read: “You must have a valid proof of a negative COVID-19 test to travel to England. You must take the test in the three days before you start your journey.


“You will need to present proof of your negative test before you board to travel to England.


“If you don’t present proof of a negative test result certificate, you may not be able to board your transport to England.


“You could be fined £500 when you arrive at the border if you cannot provide proof that you have had a negative COVID-19 test.”


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