COVID-19: More countries added to UK travel 'red list'

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Travel to the UK from the United Arab Emirates, Burundi and Rwanda will be banned as the government takes further action to prevent the spread of the COVID variant first found in South Africa.

From 1pm on Friday, non-British or Irish passengers who have been in or transited through those countries in the last 10 days will no longer be granted access to the UK.

British and Irish nationals, or those with residence rights in the UK, will still be able to enter the country but will have to self-isolate for 10 days at home.

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They will not have the option to reduce their isolation period with a negative COVID test.

There will also be a flight ban on direct passenger flights from the UAE.