Social media influencers hit by extension of travel ban to UAE

Social media influencers have been hit by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) being added to the list of countries from which visitors are banned from entering the UK.

Burundi and Rwanda have also been added to the “red list”, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said.

The measure aimed at stopping the spread of the South African coronavirus variant comes into force from 1pm on Friday.

British and Irish nationals, and people with residence rights, will still be able to enter the UK but must self-isolate for 10 days at home.

A number of influencers have visited the UAE in recent weeks despite the UK’s ban on leisure travel, insisting their trips are for work purposes.