Tourism: UAE Restarts Flights To Nigeria And 11 Other African Countries Insist Only On Vaccinated Travellers

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Flight restrictions into the United Arab Emirates (UAE), on 12 African nations is set to be lifted on Saturday, while also updating the entry measures for travellers coming in from three other African countries: Uganda, Ghana and Rwanda.

The 12 countries from where transit passengers  will be allowed into the UAE, include: Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

According to Khaleej Times, the information was made available by UAE’s National Crisis & Emergency Management Authority.

Those coming from the 3 mentioned countries to the UAE have to have a negative Covid-19 test obtained within 48 hours from the approved labs in their respective countries of departure and a Rapid-PCR test at the airports of departure. They must also take a PCR test upon arrival and adhere to all relevant precautionary and preventative measures. Those suffering Covid-19 symptoms are advised not to travel.

READ: Tourism: South Africa says UAE knows its Omicron induced travel ban is unscientific and should be lifted ‘soon’

UAE airlines such as Emirates had previously suspended flights to several African destinations as a result of the directive. As per a previous directive from the airline, effective December 28, it said that customers originating from the Tanzania and Ethiopia would not be accepted for travel to or through Dubai. It had also altogether cancelled flights from Republic of Kenya, Lusaka, Harare, Lagos, Abuja and Casablanca.

Prior to the UAE lifting the ban on Nigeria and other African countries, there had been a tit for tat battle between UAE and Nigeria that started in February 2021, when the Middle-East nation suspended the operations of Nigerian carrier Air Peace from airlifting air travellers into the country as part of its COVID-19 measures.

The diplomatic row between the two nations continued when about 500 Nigerians lost jobs as UAE declined renewal of work visas of Nigerians living and working in the country. Reports has it that sometime in June, the UAE government suspended the Direct Employment Visa for Nigerians, as a result of the increasing rate of crimes involving Nigerians in the Middle-East country.

And in December of 2021, which the holidays approaching, the UAE again suspended the entry of passengers from Nigeria and 3 other African countries in line with efforts to limit the spread of Covid-19.

Recently, Kenya was also placed on travel ban by the UAE over fake Covid tests. The East African nation responded by suspending all inbound and transit passenger flights from the Middle East country. The ban does not however affect cargo flights that are normally flown by carriers such as Kenya Airways and Emirates airline from UAE into Kenya.

It could also be recalled that few months after East African carrier, Uganda Airlines launched its flight operation to Dubai, the Middle East nation has had placed a ban on the airline’s operation into the country in a bid to curb the spread of the Omicron virus which is spreading fast globally. This ongoing travel ban by UAE has also seen Emirates suspend flights out of Johannesburg with no option to transit through the international connection hub of Dubai.

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