Covid-19 Surge; UAE Bans Entry of Passengers from Indonesia

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  • TEMPO.CODubai - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will ban entry for travelers coming from Indonesia and Afghanistan as of July 11, except for transit flights heading to both countries, the official news agency WAM reported on Saturday, July 10.

    The decision, linked to coronavirus concerns, also includes suspending the entry of travelers who were in these countries in the 14 days prior to coming to the UAE.

    "The UAE will also prevent its citizens from traveling to Indonesia and Afghanistan, with the exception of diplomatic missions, emergency medical treatment cases," official delegations and previously authorized economic and scientific delegations, said the news agency citing the General Civil Aviation Authority and the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority.

    Passengers included in the exempted categories are required to provide a negative Covid-19 test result with a validity of 48 hours before departure.

    Other preventive measures include a 10-day quarantine, a PCR test at the airport, as well as on the fourth and eighth days of entering the country. Only tests issued by approved laboratories bearing a QR Code will be accepted.

    The General Authority of Civil Aviation confirmed that travellers coming from Indonesia and Afghanistan through other countries are required to have stayed in those countries for a period of not less than 14 days in order to be allowed to enter the country.

    UAE also bans its citizens to travel to Indonesia and Afghanistan, with the exception of the country's diplomatic missions in these countries, emergency treatment cases, official delegations, and previously authorised economic and scientific delegations.

    It was not mentioned until when this policy will take place. The UAE authority called on all passengers affected by the decision to follow up with their airlines to modify and schedule their flights and ensure their safe return to their final destinations without any delay or inconvenience, Khaleej Times reported.

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    REUTERS | KHALEEJ TIMES