The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will suspend entry for travelers from Zambia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda from June 11 to curb the spread of the corona virus, the state news agency WAM announced on Wednesday.
The measure applies to transit passengers as well as passengers who have traveled through these countries in the 14 days prior to their arrival in the United Arab Emirates, reported WAM.
Emirati citizens, diplomatic passport holders and official Delegations are exempt from the measures.
Transit flights from the United Arab Emirates to the affected countries as well as cargo flights will continue.
The decision of the United Arab Emirates was supported by the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority and the General Civil Aviation Authority.
“The General Authority of Civil Aviation has confirmed that travelers from Sa mbia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda traveling through other countries required a period of stay in these countries of at least 14 days in order to be allowed to enter the country, with the continuation of cargo flights between the UAE with the three countries, “said the authority.
“The authority calls on all passengers affected by the decision to track and communicate with their affiliated airlines in order to change and plan their flights and their safe return to ensure their final destinations without delays or other obligations, “she added.
Those excluded from the travel ban must adhere to precautionary measures, including a 10-day quarantine, a PCR scan at the airport and on days four and eight of entry.
On Sunday Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni introduced new lockdown measures, including the closure of Schools and the suspension of non-essential travel between the districts to curb the rise in Covid-19 cases.
Public gatherings and services were also suspe for a period of 42 days.
Last week, the Democratic Republic of the Congo said it was facing the third wave of coronavirus infections with its epicenter in the capital Kinshasa, one of the most populous cities in Africa.