The UK authorities has taken the pressing resolution to ban journey to the UK from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to forestall the unfold of the brand new variant initially recognized in South Africa into the UK.
From 1 pm yesterday 29 January, passengers who had been in or transited by the United Arab Emirates within the final 10 days will not be granted entry to the UK.
This doesn’t embrace British and Irish nationals, or third-country nationals with residence rights within the UK, who will be capable of enter the UK however are required to self-isolate for 10 days at residence, together with their family. Passengers getting back from these nations can’t be launched from self-isolation by Take a look at to Launch.
There may also be a flight ban on direct passenger flights from the UAE.
The choice to ban journey from the UAE follows the invention of a brand new coronavirus variant first recognized in South Africa, which will have unfold to different nations, together with the UAE.
The UK has taken a divergent course to its COVID-19 response. However now, the island nation is drawing consideration left and proper, with a raft of recent measures that purport to assist cease the emergence of variants into the UK.
One such measure entails 10 days of enforced lodge quarantine, like what the arrivals into Australia and different APAC areas face (14 days), together with bearing the brunt of the prices for the room. And sure, that’s necessary.
In a bald and fast transfer, the UK additionally added an in a single day, outright ban on direct flights between the UK and the UAE, leaving hundreds scrambling to seek out flights ‘residence’ to the UK by way of random cities, and dealing with mysteries on the border.
All through the pandemic, airways have regarded for single alternatives given the dearth of worldwide attain. One such alternatives which didn’t even really feel a scratch, with one airline alone sending as much as 7 Airbus A380’s per day, between Dubai and London Heathrow Airport.
The route shortly turned the busiest on the earth, however a serious transfer from the UK means it’s not working, in any respect. No indication has been given as to when it is going to be reinstated.
It could be a risk that the outright ban may very well be lifted in a matter of days, as soon as lodge quarantine measures are extra concrete, or that it may final till the top of the nationwide lockdown at present imposed within the UK. Journey to different locations stays on a necessary foundation solely.