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Updated December 2021
Through the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA), the UAE has just announced the suspension of entry for inbound travellers arriving and transiting from the Republic of Congo. The flight suspension will be implemented starting from Friday, 17 December effective 8:00 AM.
The suspension of entry also extends to travellers who have been in the republic 14 days prior to arriving in the UAE. However, flight services to Congo from the UAE will continue to operate.
#NCEMA and the General Civil Aviation Authority: Suspensions of entry for travelers from the Republic of the Congo, and tightening travel restrictions on a number of countries, starting December 17, at 08:00AM.#TogetherWeRecover pic.twitter.com/wWJoyjTbvL— NCEMA UAE (@NCEMAUAE) December 15, 2021
It is confirmed that UAE nationals, their first degree relatives, domestic workers under their sponsorship, diplomatic missions, official delegations between UAE and Congo and Golden residence holders are exempted from the entry suspension.
Travellers belonging to the above category are required to present a negative COVID-19 test obtained within 48 hours of departure and a Rapid-PCR test at the airport within six hours of departure and another PCR test at the airport upon arrival to UAE. A 10-day quarantine and a PCR test on the ninth day of entering the UAE are also required.
Inbound travellers coming from Congo through other countries may only enter the UAE provided they have spent 14 days in those countries.
UAE citizens are prohibited from travelling to Congo except for the country’s emergency treatment cases, official delegations, and scholarships.
Furthermore, the UAE authorities have implemented fresh travel requirements for travellers arriving on direct flights from Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia. These include having a negative COVID-19 test obtained within 48 hours and a Rapid-PCR test at the airport within six hours of the departure.
Travellers from these four countries transiting in the UAE must produce a negative COVID-19 test obtained within 48 hours and a Rapid-PCR test at the airport of their main point of departure within six hours of travelling in addition to another Rapid PCR test at the transit airport before being allowed to enter the UAE.
The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) encourages all travellers affected by the suspension to contact their airlines and make the necessary changes to minimize delay and ensure their safe return.