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UAE Bans Entry Of Passengers From Zambia, DR Congo And Uganda

UAE Bans Entry Of Passengers From Zambia, DR Congo And Uganda

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has suspended the entry of travellers from Uganda, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo on all flights of national and foreign carriers, effective 23:59, June 11, 2021. The suspension comes after these countries recorded a larger number of Covid-19 cases.

The General Civil Aviation Authority and the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority have announced that the suspension also covers those travellers who were in these countries 14 days prior to their arrival in the UAE.

The directive is also applicable on transit passengers coming in from these countries. The only exception is of transit flights coming into the UAE from other destinations and heading to these three countries.

Those excluded from the suspension include UAE citizens and their first-degree relatives, and diplomatic missions accredited between the UAE and the three countries, including administrators working in their embassies of the UAE.

The injunction also excludes official delegations and businessmen, provided they obtain prior approval. As well as holders of golden and silver residency. In addition are those performing vital jobs according to the classification of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship.

Crews of foreign freight and transit planes, provided that a negative laboratory test result for Covid-19 is obtained within 48 hours of departure and upon arrival and they quarantine until departure, according to gulfbusiness website.

The excluded groups will be required to undertake a 10-day quarantine. A PCR examination at the airport, and will have to repeat the test on the fourth day. They will do the same on the eighth day after entering the country.

Authorities also reduced the validity of the PCR examination. This is prior to their departure for the UAE from 72 hours to 48 hours. It also comes with a requirement that only laboratories approved and their certificates are carrying a QR Code.

The General Authority of Civil Aviation confirmed that travellers coming from Zambia, DRC and Uganda through other countries are required to have a period of stay in those countries of not less than 14 days. This will make it  possible for them to enter the country.

Cargo flights between the UAE and the three countries will remain unaffected.

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