At the Dubai International Airport.


UAE entry ban for 3 countries starts June11


DUBAI – The UAE on Wednesday (June 9) announced an entry ban on travelers from Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.

The entry ban will start at 11:59 pm on Friday (June 11) and will affect all travelers, as well as transit passengers passing through the three African countries.

According to the General Authority of Civil Aviation, the entry ban includes travelers who were in the three countries 14 days prior to their travel to the UAE. They must quarantine there for not less than 14 days in order to enter the UAE.

However, transit flights passing through the UAE and heading to Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda are exempted. Cargo flights between the UAE and the three countries will also remain unaffected.

The decision comes as Uganda tackles a second wave of Covid-19 cases and has imposed a 42-day lockdown.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, Health Minister Jean-Jacques Mbungani said the country is facing a third wave of Covid-19.

The UAE is also imposing an extended entry ban on travelers from India until July 6. An ongoing entry ban is also imposed on travelers from Vietnam, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Nigeria and South Africa. The entry ban on travelers from these countries is subject to regular review.

Those exempted from the entry ban are Emiratis, members of diplomatic missions, official delegates, gold and silver visa holders, and businessmen on chartered flights.

Those working in sectors deemed vital by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship and crews of foreign freight and transit planes are also exempt from the ban on condition they present a negative Covid-19 test taken 48 hours prior to their departure.

Individuals exempted from the entry ban must undergo a 10-day quarantine and take a PCR test at the airport, and also during their fourth and eight day in the UAE.

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