Coronavirus: UAE bans residents from returning to the country for two weeks

The UAE has banned residents from entering the country for two weeks in the latest measure to combat the spread of coronavirus.

The temporarily ban comes into place at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 19.

The UAE banned citizens from traveling abroad on Wednesday, having previously called for any residents abroad to return home. It has advised a 14-day quarantine period for anyone returning from abroad.

The move is the latest restriction on travel in the UAE. On Wednesday, the country announced it would not be issuing any visas on arrival from March 19.

The measures are expected to have a knock-on effect on the aviation and tourism industries, with Dubai’s Emirates airline asking staff to work from home as the number of flights drops rapidly.