The United Kingdom has removed the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from its travel corridors list due to a concerning increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases, the UK Department of Transport said on Monday.

From 4 a.m. Tuesday, travelers who have arrived in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland from the UAE will need to self-isolate for 10 days, the department added.

“The decision has been made following a significant acceleration in the number of imported cases, along with the number of reported new cases over the past seven days, which have arisen in the UAE by 52%, he stated”. 

British transport minister Grant Shapps wrote in a tweet that the latest data indicated the UAE should immediately be removed from the travel corridor list. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps made the announcement this evening on Twitter.

He posted: “The LATEST data indicates we need to immediately remove the #UAE from the #TRAVELCORRIDOR list. From 4 am Tuesday, January 12, anyone arriving from the UAE will need to SELF-ISOLATE.”

The Foreign Office tweeted tonight: “International travel is restricted.

“Stay at home. 

Under existing rules, passengers arriving from all global destinations, including the UAE, are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to three days before departing for England or Scotland. 

The move came as Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Britain was in “a race against time” to roll out COVID-19 vaccines as deaths hit record highs and hospitals ran out of oxygen, and his top medical adviser said the pandemic’s worst weeks were imminent.

The previous week, Abu Dhabi has started with the Phase III clinical trials of Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine amid a wave of infections in the UAE. On Thursday, Britain said it would extend a ban on travelers entering England from South Africa to other southern African countries to prevent the spread of a variant of the coronavirus identified in South Africa. 

Dubai was added to Scotland’s travel quarantine list from 04:00 GMT on Monday with the rule applying for passengers who have arrived in Scotland from the city since January 3.

The Department for Transport said the removal of the whole of the UAE from the travel corridor is being adopted by all four UK nations.