The UAE on Monday announced the suspension of entry for travellers from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka from Wednesday, May 12.
“Suspension of entry for travelers from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka on national and foreign flights, also for transit passengers, with the exception of transit flights traveling to UAE and bound for these countries.” The UAE’s National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority and Civil Aviation tweeted.
The decision exempts transit flights coming to the UAE and heading towards these countries. This decision is applicable to travellers who spent the previous 14 days in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, or Sri Lanka.
However, flights between these countries and the UAE will remain operational, allowing passengers to travel from the UAE to these countries.
Certain categories are exempt from the travel ban. These include the following: UAE citizens, Diplomatic missions, official delegations, business planes and golden residence holders. They will, however, be subject to certain precautionary measures, which include the following: PCR testing (the validity of a negative result is limited to 48 hours), PCR testing at the airport, 10-day quarantine and PCR test on the 4th and 8th day after entering the country.
Additionally, the authorities confirmed that those entering the UAE from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, or Sri Lanka via other countries must stay in those countries for at least 14 days before entering the UAE.
Cargo flights between the UAE and those countries will continue to operate, the source added.