Omicron: UAE suspends flights from Nigeria over spike in COVID-19 cases
All inbound flights for national and international carriers, as well as transit passengers, from Nigeria and three other African nations have been suspended once more by the United Arab Emirates.
This development was announced on Thursday, December 23 by the UAE’s National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Emergency Management Authority and the General Civil Aviation Authority. The suspension, which will take effect on Saturday, December 25, is due to the development of Omicron and an increase in COVID-19 cases, according to the FDA.
Kenya, Tanzania, and Ethiopia are among the countries that have been suspended in addition to Nigeria. Passengers will continue to be transported from the UAE to the same destinations.
“This decision does not apply to UAE nationals, their first-degree relatives, diplomatic missions, official delegations between the UAE and certain countries, or Golden Residence holders.”
The excluded groups must have a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of departure and, if possible, a Rapid-PCR test at the airport within six hours of departure, as well as a PCR test at the airport upon arrival in the UAE.
UAE nationals, their first-degree relatives, diplomatic missions, and golden residence holders must undergo a 10-day quarantine and a PCR test on the ninth day after entering the country, according to the statement.
Those traveling from the four nations via other countries must stay in those countries for at least 14 days before being allowed to enter the UAE, according to the UAE agency.
The UAE’s citizens are also prohibited from traveling to the four African countries, with the exception of emergency care situations, official delegations, and scholarships, according to the statement.