Virus Outbreak BritainArriving passengers walk past a sign in the arrivals area at Heathrow Airport in London, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, during England's third national lockdown since the coronavirus outbreak began. The British government are on Tuesday expected to discuss whether to force some travellers arriving in the UK to quarantine in hotels to try to curb the spread of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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.