The UK is banning direct passenger flights to and from the United Arab Emirates from Friday 29 Jan 2021.
Emirates and Etihad Airways said on their websites they would suspend all U.K. passenger flights from 1300 GMT on Friday when the ban takes effect.
UK said it is adding the United Arab Emirates, Burundi and Rwanda to its coronavirus travel ban list because of worries over the spread of a more contagious and potentially vaccine-resistant COVID-19 variant first identified in South Africa.
“This means people who have been in or transited through these countries will be denied entry, except British, Irish and third-country nationals with residence rights who must self-isolate for 10 days at home,” UK Transport Minister Grant Shapps said on Twitter on Thursday.
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The U.K. transport department advised British nationals currently in the United Arab Emirates to make use of indirect commercial airline routes if they wished to return to Britain.
The UK-UAE route is the world’s busiest international airline route from Dubai to London. The route in January carried 190,365 scheduled seats over the month, according to airline data provider OAG.