The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday announced that it will ban the entry of travelers from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka starting from Wednesday, 12th May 2021. The decision comes in the view to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the UAE.
Last month the country has also banned the entry to travelers from India to guard against the spread of the highly contagious Indian variant.
“Flights between the four countries will continue to allow the transport of passengers from the UAE to Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka,” the Gulf state’s National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) said.
Exempted travelers, including UAE citizens, those on diplomatic missions accredited by the four countries, official delegations, those traveling on business planes, and golden residence holders, will be subject to precautionary measures that include a 10-day quarantine and PCR testing at the airport and on the fourth and eighth days after entering the country.
The required PCR testing period prior to travel has been reduced from 72 to 48 hours, and all tests must be administered by accredited laboratories that issue results carrying a QR code.
The General Authority of Civil Aviation confirmed that travelers coming from the four countries through other countries are required to provide proof of a period of stay in those countries of no less than 14 days to be allowed to enter the UAE. Cargo flights will continue to operate between the four countries.
The General Authority of Civil Aviation called upon all travelers affected by the decision to contact the relevant airlines to reschedule their flights and ensure their safe return to their final destinations without delay.