By Babajide Okeowo
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will resume passenger flights from Nigeria and 11 other African countries on Saturday, January 29.
UAE’s National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) announced this in a tweet on Wednesday.
“From January 29, entry into the UAE for arrivals from Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nigeria, the Republic of the Congo, the Republic of South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zimbabwe are allowed again,” the tweet read.
The country’s agency said entry procedures have been updated for flights originating from Ghana, Rwanda, and Uganda.
According to the statement, passengers arriving from these three countries to the UAE must have a negative COVID-19 test obtained within 48 hours of departure from the approved labs in their respective countries.
It added that passengers must undergo a Rapid PCR test at the airports of departure. On arrival in the UAE, they will be subjected to another PCR test, asking residents of African countries to refrain from traveling to the country if they have COVID-19 symptoms.
Recall that the travel restrictions were imposed in December by the Arab country over the emergence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Similarly, Emirates Airline, the flag carrier of the UAE, also suspended flights to several African nations due to the directive.
Recall also that UAE had announced that it has resumed flights between the African countries after an earlier ban due to the Omicron variant of the Coronavirus.
“From 13 January 2022, Emirates will resume passenger services to and from Guinea (CKY), Cote d’Ivoire (ABJ), Ghana (ACC), Uganda (EBB), and Angola (LAD) while Nigeria was excluded.