The UAE will suspend the entry of passengers from Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Nigeria in line with efforts to limit the spread of Covid-19.
The ban will come into effect from 7.30am on Christmas Day.
The directive was issued on Thursday by the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority in conjunction with the General Civil Aviation Authority.
The decision covers all inbound flights for domestic and international carriers and transit passengers and includes travelers who were in any of the four countries in the 14 days prior to their intended arrival in the Emirates.
Flights from the United Arab Emirates to the four countries will continue.
Citizens of the United Arab Emirates, their first-degree relatives, diplomatic missions, official delegations between the United Arab Emirates and countries, and Golden residency holders are exempt from the ruling.
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 whenever possible and another PCR test at the airport upon arrival in the UAE.
A 10-day quarantine and PCR test on the ninth day of entry into the country is required for citizens of the United Arab Emirates, their first-degree relatives, diplomatic missions and holders of golden residency.
Citizens of the United Arab Emirates are not allowed to travel to the four African countries, except for cases of emergency treatment of the country, official delegations and scholarships.
The two authorities have also introduced new travel requirements for travelers on direct flights from Uganda and Ghana.
These include presenting a negative Covid-19 test obtained within 48 hours and a Rapid-PCR test at the airport within six hours of departure.
“Those traveling 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 of travel in addition to another rapid PCR test at the transit airport before being allowed to enter the United Arab Emirates,” a statement from authorities on Wam read.
“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,” the statement said.
Last week, the United Arab Emirates banned entry to travelers from the Republic of Congo.
Updated: December 23, 2021, 4:51 p.m.