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UAE lifts ban on travelers from 12 African countries

FILE PIC: National carrier of Kenya, Kenya Airways aircraft. /AP

FILE PIC: National carrier of Kenya, Kenya Airways aircraft. /AP

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has lifted travel ban restrictions imposed in November 2021 on travelers from 12 African countries. Flights from these African countries including Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Republic of South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe, will now start flying to the United Arab Emirates from the 29thand of this month.

The statement from the UAE National Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) reads: “As of January 29, entry into the UAE for arrivals from Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Republic of South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe are permitted again.

Among the entry requirements for passengers arriving from these countries, UAE authorities said those traveling from African countries will need to obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test 48 hours before departure and a rapid PCR test negative at the departure airport. Passengers will be required to take another PCR test upon arrival in the Emirates.

Those coming from Uganda, Ghana and Rwanda will also have to pass the three tests.

They asked residents of African countries to refrain from traveling via flights to the United Arab Emirates if they show symptoms of COVID-19.

(With the contribution of the agencies)