The UAE has been added to the UK’s travel ban list, according to news on the BBC news portal.
It was reported that the move is “aimed at stopping the spread of the South African variant”.
The ban comes into force from 5pm GST (1pm GMT) on Friday, 29 January.
Etihad Airways, the UAE’s national flag carriers, tweeted that all Etihad Airways flights to the UK are suspended until further notice in line with guidance from the UK government.
The Airline is asking travellers to visit their website for the latest updates on flights to the UK.
All Etihad Airways flights to the UK are suspended until further notice in line with guidance from the UK government. For the latest updates on flights to the UK, visit https://t.co/Ioxc4flmEd pic.twitter.com/OP0p8wTdvo
— Etihad Airways (@etihad) January 29, 2021
Dubai Airport have also tweeted a similar notice.
As announced by the UK government, direct flights between UAE & UK have been temporarily suspended. The suspension comes into effect for all flights that were scheduled to arrive in the UK after 13:00 UK time on Friday 29 January. Please visit @ukgovofficial for latest updates. pic.twitter.com/lvPtppMzKC
— Dubai Airports (@DubaiAirports) January 28, 2021
British, Irish and third country nationals with residence rights in the UK will be allowed to enter but must self-isolate for 10 days at home.
The UK’s travel ban on flights to the country has been steadily growing due to COVID-19.
The new ruling comes 10 days after the UK’s Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced on 8 January that passengers arriving by plane, ferry and train to the UK from anywhere in the world will need to self-isolate for 10 days.