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UK bars travelers from three more Arab states

LONDON (Arabnews): The UK announced on Monday that four more countries, including three Arab states, will be added to the country’s coronavirus “red list.”

Travelers from Oman, Qatar and Somalia will be refused entry to the UK from Friday. People with British or Irish passports, or those with the right to stay long-term in the UK, will be exempt, but will be forced to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days on arrival.

The measures, the British government said, “will help to reduce the risk of new variants — such as those first identified in South Africa and Brazil — entering England.”

Ethiopia was also added to the red list on Monday, while Portugal and Mauritius were removed.

The new measures will take effect from 4 a.m. on Friday. The new additions to the list mean that four Arab states are now on Britain’s red list: Oman, Qatar, Somalia and the UAE, which was added in January.