UAE bans travellers from Uganda over Covid-19

Thursday June 10 2021

The ban follows a surge in Covid-19 infections that have seen the nation top 55, 500 Coronavirus cases and over 400 virus-related fatalities since the outbreak was confirmed in March 2020. PHOTO | FILE | EVE MUGANGA

By The Citizen Reporter

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will suspend entry for travellers coming from Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda starting June 11, as part of efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus, state news agency WAM said yesterday.

The measure applies to transit passengers, in addition to passengers who have travelled through these countries in the last 14 days prior to their arrival in UAE, WAM reported.
Emirati citizens, diplomatic passport holders, and official delegations are exempt from the measures.

Transit flights from the UAE to the affected countries, in addition to cargo flights, will continue to operate.
The UAE decision was announced by the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority and the General Civil Aviation Authority.

“The General Authority of Civil Aviation confirmed that travellers coming from Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda through other countries are required to have a period of stay in those countries of not less than 14 days in order to be allowed to enter the country, with the continuation of cargo flights between the UAE with the three countries,” the crisis and disaster authority said.

“The authority calls on all passengers affected by the decision to follow up and communicate with the airlines associated with them to modify and schedule their flights and ensure their safe return to their final destinations without any delay or other obligations,” it added.

Those excluded from the travel ban must adhere to precautionary measures, including undergoing 10-day quarantine, take a PCR examination at the airport and on days four and eight of entering the country.


On Sunday, President Museveni introduced new lockdown measures to tackle a wave of Covid-19 cases. As of yesterday, a cumulative total of 54,669 Covid-19 cases and 388 virus death had been reported by the government since the outbreak of the pandemic last year. A cumulative total of 47,760 people have recovered from Covid-19.

Last week, the Democratic Republic of Congo said it was facing a third wave of coronavirus infections, with its epicentre in the capital, Kinshasa, one of Africa’s most populous cities.