As the world continues to battle through the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK has once again tightened entry to the country, meaning three GCC countries are now on the country’s red travel list.

The UAE was put on the list at the beginning of the year and last week two more GCC countries were added.

As of Friday, March 19, Oman and Qatar were added to the UK’s red travel list, as announced by Britain’s Department of Transport.

Both commercial and private planes travelling in from these two countries have been banned with an aim to protect the UK from any other COVID-19 variants. As of Friday, any passengers who have even transited through Oman and Qatar in the last 10 days, shall be denied entry into the UK along with Ethiopia and Somalia with an exemption of cargo and freight flights.

British and Irish citizens will be allowed entry on the condition that they must quarantine in a government-certified facility for a period of no less than 10 days.

With the UK’s vaccination programme also in full form, the rules have been updated regarding travel to the country, in order to protect the environment and reduce and impact of any new strains from abroad to ensure the vaccination drive is effective with maximum safety of its population.

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