The UAE announced to restrict the entry of travelers from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Mozambique on all flights of national and foreign carriers, as well as transit passengers due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19 variants.
This suspension includes the entry of travelers who were in these countries during the 14-day period before coming to the UAE, with the continuation of flights, as it will allow the transfer of passengers from the UAE to these countries.
It will also allow the transfer of excluded groups from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Mozambique to the UAE, with the application of precautionary measures, which include official delegations and UAE nationals, and diplomatic missions approved between the UAE and these countries and owners of golden residency.
The General Authority of Civil Aviation in the Emirates confirmed that travelers from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Mozambique through other countries are required to have a period of stay in those countries of not less than 14 days in order to be allowed to enter the country.
It also prevents UAE citizens from traveling to South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Mozambique, with the exception of official state delegations, emergency medical cases, and study purposes.
The authority called on all passengers affected by the decision to follow up and communicate with the airlines associated with them to modify and schedule their flights to ensure their safe return to their final destinations without any delay or other obligations.