UAE flights: Entry suspended for travelers from 4 countries, tougher rules for 2 others – News

The restrictions will take effect from December 25

Posted: Thu 23 Dec 2021, 20:32

Last update: Thu 23 Dec 2021, 20:47

The National Crisis and Disaster Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) and the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) have announced the suspension of all inbound flights for domestic and international carriers and passengers in transit from Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Nigeria from Saturday December. 25, from 7:30 a.m.

This includes the suspension of entry for travelers who were in the four countries 14 days prior to their arrival in the UAE, while flight operations will continue to carry passengers from the UAE to the same countries.

UAE nationals, their first degree relatives, diplomatic missions, official delegations between UAE and these countries and holders of Golden Residence are excluded from this decision.

Excluded categories must present a negative Covid-19 test obtained within 48 hours of departure and a Rapid-PCR test at the airport within six hours of departure if possible and another PCR test at the airport on arrival in UAE.


A 10-day quarantine and PCR test on the ninth day of entry into the country is required for UAE nationals, their first-degree relatives, diplomatic missions and holders of the Golden Residence.

The GCAA also claimed that it is necessary for those coming from the four countries via other countries to stay in the latter countries for at least 14 days before being allowed to enter the United Arab Emirates.

UAE citizens are not allowed to travel to the four African countries except for emergency treatment of the country, official delegations and scholarships.

In addition, the two authorities have introduced new travel requirements for those arriving on direct flights from Uganda and Ghana. These include having a negative Covid-19 test obtained within 48 hours and a Rapid-PCR test at the airport within six hours of departure.

Those coming from Uganda and Ghana to the United Arab Emirates on transit flights must also have a negative Covid-19 test obtained within 48 hours and a Rapid-PCR test at the airport of their main point of departure within six hours after the trip plus another. Rapid PCR test at transit airport before being cleared to enter UAE.

The GCAA called on all travelers affected by the decision to follow up and communicate with airlines to modify and schedule their flights and ensure their safe return to their final destinations without any delays or other obligations.

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