Dubai bans travellers from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Namibia to limit spread of Covid

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 20 June 2021:

Yesterday, authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) said they will suspend travellers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Namibia from entering the country on national and foreign flights from tomorrow Monday, June 21, Dubai State news agency WAM reported, citing a statement by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).

According to Reuters, the GCAA said the restrictions would also include transit passengers, with the exception of transit flights travelling to the UAE and bound for those countries.

Cargo flights between those countries and the UAE will continue, as usual, the statement added. It said the restrictions were being introduced to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The GCAA added that exemptions to its decision include: UAE nationals, their first-degree relatives, diplomatic missions, official delegations, business jets – after getting prior approvals – and golden and silver residency permit holders, in addition to those who work essential jobs.

Those who are exempted will still have to take a PCR test at the airport and enter a mandatory 10-day quarantine.

Separately, Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management said on Saturday it would allow travellers from South Africa, who have received two doses of a UAE-approved vaccine, to enter Dubai starting from June 23, WAM said.

Travellers from India, who have valid residence visas and have received two doses of a UAE-approved vaccine, will also be allowed in the emirate.

Meanwhile, travellers from Nigeria must only present a negative PCR test taken 48 hours prior to departure and will also undergo another PCR test on arrival in Dubai, WAM added.

Source: Reporting by Nayera Abdallah Editing by Mark Potter for Reuters.

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