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KIU International Desk: UAE authorities suspend flights from Uganda


By Kiconco Agnes

KIU, Main Campus: The Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) on Tuesday, December 28, 2021, issued a statement confirming the temporary suspension of flights from Uganda to the Dubai-United Arab Emirates until further notice.

In a statement, UCAA said incoming Emirates flights from Dubai are still operational.

"Passengers planning to travel to Dubai are advised to keep in touch with their respective airlines for guidance on any changes in the restrictions".

"The restriction is also applicable to transit passengers who have been in Uganda within 14 days prior to entry to Dubai," added UCAA in a statement.

The statement also noted that the restriction is however not applicable to inbound/outbound freighter operations.

A few days back, UAE also imposed restrictions on other African countries including Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Nigeria, with effect from 07:30 pm on December 25.

The travel bans come after the discovery of rising COVID-19 Omicron variant cases in the listed African countries and the UAE.

UAE authorities continue to bar entry into the UAE for all travelers and transit passengers from the Republic of Congo, South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Mozambique.

On the other hand, UAE authorities advise permitted travelers to present a negative result from a PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before departure for the UAE, present a negative result from a rapid PCR test taken at the airport of departure no more than six hours before travel, take another PCR test upon arrival in the UAE at the airport of arrival, and undergo a 10-day quarantine period; permitted travelers subject to quarantine measures must take another PCR test on the ninth day after entering the country.