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Britain is banning direct passenger flights to and from the United Arab Emirates from today. Major airlines and carriers have been notifying passengers of flight suspensions to all UK airports – Birmingham, Glasgow, London, Manchester – until further notice. This means that the world’s busiest international airline route from Dubai to London will be shut at 1.00pm today, 29th January 2021. Emirates and Etihad Airways have already posted flight suspensions on their website.

Dubai joins Burundi and Rwanda to UK’s travel ban “Red List” due to increasing concern over the spread of a more contagious and potentially vaccine-resistant COVID-19 variant which was first identified in South Africa.

The UK government announced that anyone who has been in the UAE in the prior 10 days of entry, will have to self-isolate immediately along with their households.

They will not be eligible to use “Test to Release,” the scheme that stops self-isolation with a negative test on or after day five. UK citizens, nationals and UK residents will be allowed to return but may still travel back through intermediate points. All passengers are advised to check travel requirements on the UK government website. People without the right to live in the UK who have been in the UAE in the last 10 days, will be refused access to the UK.


Bee has more than 18 years’ experience in UK immigration and nationality law and has been advising businesses that have been expanding into the UK or growing their UK presence or workforce.