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Updated December 2021

The Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) has recently announced a flight suspension with inbound and transit passengers Dubai from Nairobi. Staring 20 December 2021, no passengers will be allowed to travel on Emirates flights from Nairobi during this time.

The DCAA directive applies only to air transport services having inbound and transit passenger movements to Dubai temporarily banned from any point in Kenya.

Emirates announced the temporary suspension of all flights from Kenya for 48 hours. Although no particular reason has been stated, all outbound travel services from Dubai to Nairobi will remain unaffected. Those who have already booked their tickets to Dubai will be allowed to travel at a later date. Re-booking fresh tickets will not be required, and passengers can contact their travel agent or booking office to make new travel plans.

Typically, all airlines from the UAE complete 28 trips per week to Nairobi. Last week UAE announced the suspension of flights from Congo and four other African nations, including Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia. The flight suspension was carried out in an attempt to control the highly transmissible Omicron Covid-19 variant.

The General Civil Aviation Authority in UAE had also put forth new travel requirements for travellers from Kenya and three other countries. A negative Covid-19 pre-departure test obtained within 48 hours and an RT-PCR test at the airport within six hours of the departure were mandated for those travelling from affected areas.

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