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Emirates Airlines suspends passenger flights from Uganda, Zambia to UAE after travel ban

Passengers arriving on international flights leave the international arrivals lobby after they have been screened and cleared for any symptoms of the novel coronavirus at Entebbe Airport, Uganda (PHOTO /Courtesy)

The Emirates Airlines has suspended passenger flights from Uganda and Zambia as of Friday, June 11, —citing UAE government directive.

The UAE authorities on Wednesday suspended entry for travellers coming from Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda as part of efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The measure applies to transit passengers, in addition to passengers who have travelled through these countries in the last 14 days prior to their arrival in UAE.

Emirati citizens, diplomatic passport holders, and official delegations are exempt from the measures.

Fly Emirates in their statement on Thursday said transit flights from the UAE (Dubai) to the affected countries, in addition to cargo flights, will continue to operate.

The UAE decision was announced by the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority and the General Civil Aviation Authority.

“The General Authority of Civil Aviation confirmed that travellers coming from Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda 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, with the continuation of cargo flights between the UAE with the three countries,” the crisis and disaster authority said.

Full statement

In line with UAE government directives, Emirates will be suspending passenger flights from Zambia and Uganda to Dubai, effective 11 June 2021, until further notice. Emirates flights from Dubai to Lusaka, continuing on to Harare and flights from Dubai to Entebbe will continue to operate as normal.

Furthermore, passengers who have connected through Zambia and Uganda in the last 14 days will not be accepted to travel from any other point to the UAE. UAE Nationals and their first degree relatives, holders of UAE Golden Visas and members of diplomatic missions accredited by the UAE and the two countries who comply with updated COVID‑19 protocols, as well as delegations and businesspeople who have received prior approvals, will be exempt for travel.‎

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