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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has indefinitely suspended all inbound flights from Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Nigeria due to COVID-19 concerns.
The directive announced by the UAE’s National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) and the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) takes effect from December 25th.
The suspension of flights from the four African nations is due to concerns related to the spread of the Omicron COVID-19 variant.
Travelers who were in the four countries 14 days prior to their arrival in the UAE will also be denied entry into the Gulf state.
UAE nationals, members of diplomatic missions and golden residence holders are excluded from the travel ban but they are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours of departure, undergo a Rapid-PCR test at the airport six hours before departure and another PCR test at UAE airports. They must also isolate for 10 days and take a nasal test on their ninth day in the country.
Passengers arriving in UAE from the four countries through other nations must stay in latter countries for at least 14 days before being allowed to enter the UAE.
UAE citizens are also barred from travelling to the four African countries except for the country's emergency treatment cases, official delegations, and scholarships.
The Dubai Civil Aviation Authority had on Tuesday announced a 48-hour ban on flights from Kenya before extending the suspension to December 24th.
There has been a surge in COVID-19 cases in Kenya over the past few weeks largely driven by the spread of the highly transmissible Omicron variant.
In all fairness, has anyone questioned about the so many fake PCR negative covid tests and vaccine cards that were detected from several Kenyans and Nigerians travelers entering or transiting through Dubal recently? We are our own enemies, lying even where our own health is involved! A few of us lack integrity and cannot be trusted. Unfortunately it spoils for all of us making for us to be ‘painted with a broad brush’!!
I wonder if they have banned flights from the USA and UK where Covid is spreading like a bushfire in the harmattan. Racism is alive and well in Dubai.
Rotten they hate us because of our skin color. Plain and simple and if anyone see it differently they need new spectacles
MANY TENNIS PLAYERS who went to Dubai have covid- Nadal, Benicic, Raducanu, Rubleve among others . should it be the other way around 'NO FLIGHTS TO KENYA FROM ABU DHABI. Oh i forgot we have no say
How convenient of them to make selective travel restrictions against countries which aren't the most affected by the virus by any measurable standard. It's obvious that they want to shield their business interests by leaving out countries like the US, UK, South Africa etc.
This victim mentality and begging for scraps in a world that has never and will probably not accept us in this lifetime has been stale for years...When will Africa wake up...maybe we can't after all we are so easily manipulated. Kenyans don't want the truth they prefer regurgitated lies. Covid or no covid ...this is an exercise or power by other nations on us.
SMH keep making those fake vaccination cards and CDC will end up inserting chip implants in your bodies for proper validation
This is hilarious. No. 1, the horse has already left the barn. COVID is everywhere. On the flip side, why aren’t they canceling US, UK etc? Haki ya Mungu it’s like a plague being a black person in this world. They paint all black people everywhere with a broad brush-lazy, incompetent, thugs, corrupt etc. But on a positive note, we have a God who doesn’t