UK Bans Direct Flights to and from the UAE

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Britain is shutting down the busiest international airline route from Dubai to London. The country is banning direct passenger flights to and from the United Arab Emirates.

Britain said it was 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 ten days at home,” UK Transport Minister Grant Shapps said on Twitter.

Emirates and Etihad Airways said on their websites they would suspend all UK passenger flights from 1300 GMT when the ban takes effect. Dubai airport, in a statement, advised passengers booked on flights due to arrive in the UK after the ban comes into effect to not go to the airport and instead contact their airline.

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