On the 1st of July, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced a ban on citizens traveling from 14 countries including India.
According to sources, the decision was taken in the wake of the Wuhan virus, also known as the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The countries which are banned in the UAE are: Liberia, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic Of Congo, Uganda, Zambia, Vietnam, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Pakistan and South Africa.
The imposed travel ban on passengers from the aforementioned countries would be in effect until the 21st of July.
In addition, the Foreign Ministry and the National Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management Authority of the UAE said, with the start of the travel season, citizens need to comply with all precautionary and preventive measures related to COVID-19.
In regard to this, the General Civil Aviation Authority of the UAE issued a notice. According to the issued notice, flights from 14 countries would remain suspended until 23:59 hours of the 21st of July 2021.
However, cargo flights, as well as business and charter flights, would be exempted from the travel restrictions.
Besides imposing a travel ban on citizens of the above mentioned 14 countries, the UAE authorities issued guidelines for UAE citizens traveling from these countries.
The authorities instructed UAE citizens to adhere to self isolation after taking a COVID-19 test. They should follow all the protocols and health COVID-19 guidelines imposed by their host countries. The authorities said the infected UAE citizens would be allowed to return to their country after getting the necessary approvals from the relevant authorities in the host country as well as the competent health departments in the UAE.