Coronavirus: UAE suspends entry for travellers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Namibia

Decision is effective from June 21

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The UAE on Saturday announced the suspension of entry for travellers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Namibia on national and foreign flights.

Cargo flights will continue to operate as normal, the National Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Management Authority and General Civil Aviation Authority announced.

The suspension from June 21 includes inbound transit passengers with the exception of transit flights coming to the UAE and heading to these countries, they said.

Passengers are urged to contact airlines for more information before travelling.

UAE citizens; diplomatic missions between the UAE and the three countries; official delegations, business travellers with prior approval; golden and silver residency permit holders; and holders of essential jobs according to the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship are excluded from this decision. But they must undergo mandatory 10-day quarantine and take PCR tests.

On the same day, Dubai updated its travel rules for those entering the emirate from India, South Africa or Nigeria from June 23. Emirates said it would restart flights from that date.

The new rules vary from country to country. Safety measures include PCR testing and full immunisation with a UAE-approved Covid-19 vaccine.

With regard to travellers from India, only passengers with a valid UAE residence visa who have received two doses of a UAE-approved vaccine are allowed to travel to Dubai.