In an attempt to control the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, the UAE announced travel ban to restrict entry for travelers from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, starting from May 12, 2021, as per the announcement made on the country’s National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority’s website on Monday. However, flights will continue to operate to these countries and passengers will be able to travel from the UAE to Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
As a result of this decision, the travelers who visited these four countries in the past 14 days period, prior to arrival in UAE, will also be denied entry. This will be applicable even if they are not directly travelling from these countries. This ban is also applicable on the transit passengers who are travelling to their final destination via UAE airport connections. This ban shall be enforced at all UAE airports including but not limited to Dubai Airports, Abu Dhabi Airport, Sharjah Airport, Ras Al Khaimah Airport and Al Ain Airport etc.
There are however few exceptions who will be given exemption which include UAE citizens, those on diplomatic missions accredited by the four countries, official delegations, those traveling on business planes, and golden residence holders. This exemption would be subject to standard precautionary measures such as a 10-day quarantine and PCR checking at the airport upon arrival and on the fourth and eighth days after entry.
Furthermore, prior to travel, the mandatory PCR testing duration has been shortened from 72 to 48 hours, and all tests must be performed only by the approved laboratories that issue results with a QR code.
Travelers arriving from these four countries via other countries must show evidence of a minimum 14-day stay in those countries as only then they will be allowed to enter.
before announcing ban on these four countries, last month, the UAE announced travel ban on entry from India as well to prevent the spread of the highly contagious Indian coronavirus.
The General Authority of Civil Aviation urged all passengers affected by the decision to contact their respective airlines to reschedule their flights and ensure their safe arrival at their final destinations.