United Arab Emirates (UAE) has banned its citizens from travelling to countries including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

The move comes after UAE’s recent decision to suspend entry from 14 countries namely India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Namibia, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Liberia, South Africa, and Nigeria, until July 21, 2021.

However, UAE diplomatic missions in the aforementioned countries; emergency treatment cases; official delegations; and previously authorised business and technical delegates are exempt from the decision.

In a joint statement marking the commencement of the peak travel season amid the covid crisis, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) and the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) highlighted the need for the UAE citizens to comply with all precautionary measures in general, particularly the Covid-19 countermeasures, and all other preventative protocols in place in their countries of destination.

The two entities have also stated that the UAE citizens need to adhere to self-isolation should they get Covid-19 positive during their travel, and ensure compliance with all instructions and health protocols issued by the host countries. They also have to notify the UAE embassies in their host countries in case they get infected.

Meanwhile, infected Emiratis will be allowed to return to the UAE after getting the necessary approvals from the relevant authorities in the host country as well as the competent health departments in the UAE.

mofaic.gov.ae, ncema.gov.ae