Bans initially covered southern African nations, following a decree from the UAE government in November preventing travellers from seven countries, including Eswatini, Lesotho, Botswana, Mozambique and Namibia, from entering the UAE.
Restrictions have since been expanded to cover destinations across the continent, including the Republic of Congo, Kenya and Tanzania.
On December 28, Emirates announced restrictions on inbound flights from Conakry, Guinea and Luanda, Angola. Passengers starting their journey from Conakry and flying via Dakar, Senegal, will also not be accepted for travel. Casablanca, Morocco was added to the list on January 5.
Which countries are affected?
Restrictions apply to inbound passengers only, including anyone who has visited or transited through these destinations in the 14 days prior to travel to the UAE. Outbound passenger operations remain unaffected.
Emirates has currently banned travellers from the following countries, until further notice:
Angola, effective December 28
Guinea, effective December 28
Uganda, effective December 28
Ghana, effective December 28
Ivory Coast, effective December 28
Kenya, effective December 25
Tanzania, effective December 25
Ethiopia, effective December 25
Nigeria, effective December 13
Zambia, effective November 27
Zimbabwe, effective November 29
South Africa, effective November 29
Morocco, effective January 5
How to proceed if you're travelling from one of these countries
Passengers who have already booked flights from these destinations do not need to contact the airline. “Affected customers do not need to call us immediately for rebooking,” Emirates advises on its website.
“Customers can simply hold on to their Emirates ticket and, when flights resume, get in touch with their travel agent or booking office to make new travel plans.”
What are the exemptions?
UAE citizens, their first-degree relatives, diplomatic missions, official delegations between the UAE and these countries, and golden visa holders are exempt from restrictions and can fly in from these countries.
These travellers should 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 wherever possible. Another PCR test will be required at the airport on arrival in the UAE.
A 10-day quarantine and a PCR test on the ninth day of entering the country is required for UAE citizens, their first-degree relatives, diplomatic missions and golden visa holders.
UAE citizens are barred from travelling to any of the listed countries in Africa except for emergency treatment cases, official delegations and scholarships.