National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) and General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) have halted all inbound flights from national and international carriers, as well as the transit of passengers from Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Nigeria
As part of this, travellers who visited the four countries 14 days before arriving in the UAE will be denied entry, but flights from the UAE to the four countries will continue.
Emirates citizens, UAE diplomatic missions, UAE official delegations to these countries and holders of Golden residence visas are excluded from this decision.
Within 48 hours of departure, those in the excluded categories are required to provide a negative Covid-19 test; as soon as possible, they should provide a Rapid-PCR test at the airport within 6 hours of departure, and a PCR test upon arrival in the UAE. Upon entering the country, UAE nationals, their first-degree relatives, diplomatic missions, and golden residence holders are required to undergo a 10-day quarantine and a PCR test on the ninth day.
In addition, the GCAA confirmed that travelers coming through other countries to the UAE need to stay there for at least 14 days before they are allowed to enter the UAE.
Except for emergency treatment cases, official delegations, and scholarship recipients, UAE citizens are prohibited from travelling to the four African countries.
As part of the new requirements, those traveling on direct flights from Uganda and Ghana must obtain a negative result of the Covid-19 test within 48 hours of departure, and they must also take the Rapid-PCR test at the airport within six hours of departure.
For those who are coming from Uganda and Ghana on transit flights to the UAE, a negative Covid-19 test must be obtained within 48 hours and a Rapid-PCR test must be obtained at the airport of their main point of departure within six hours plus another Rapid PCR test is required before entering the UAE at the transit airport.