The UK in an update has announced the extension of an outright travel ban on non-citizens arriving from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Rwanda and Burundi over surge in Covid-19 infections.
This also includes severe quarantine measures for any British or Irish citizens and third-country nationals with residence rights coming from these countries and will be required to isolate at home or in a hotel for 10 days.
This disclosure is contained in an update that was issued by the UK government on its website and seen by Nairametrics.
The UK government spokesperson revealed that the decision to place the travel ban on these countries follows the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant, first discovered in South Africa, which may have spread to other countries including the UAE, Rwanda and Burundi.
The UAE is regarded as one of the world’s busiest international route and home to thousands of British expatriates and is a popular destination for holiday seekers.
What you should know
- The UK government had earlier extended travel ban to some countries, which included some Southern African nations as part of the measures aimed at preventing the spread of a new strain of Covid-19 variant identified in South Africa and some other countries.
- The new measure reflects increased risks from the new strain of the coronavirus disease.
- The UK has been among the countries worst-hit by Covid-19. Its economy suffered the sharpest contraction of any in the Group of Seven during the first wave of infections last spring, and it is currently being hit by the outbreak of the second wave of the disease.