UAE imposes new guidelines for arrivals from ‘restricted countries’

UAE imposes new guidelines for arrivals from ‘restricted countries’

UAE imposes new guidelines for arrivals from ‘restricted countries’

The UAE has imposed new coronavirus measures for charter flights arriving from countries including India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Nepal and Uganda. Passengers must wear tracking devices for a minimum of 10 days in a new circular from the General Civil Aviation Authority.

Those who arrived in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Ras Al-Khaimah, have already been given the devices, travel agencies and charter flight operators confirmed, local daily Khaleej Times reported.

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Abu Dhabi has also been requiring arriving passengers to wear the devices during their 14-day home quarantine, since September of 2020. Arrivals must also take a PCR test after landing in the country followed by two other PCR tests on the fourth and eighth day of their isolation period.

In Dubai, travelers have to isolate for 10 days and undergo a PCR test, Raheesh Babu, group COO of, an internet travel agency, said.

Crew members operating from the listed countries are also required to abide by the new regulations.Passengers must also quarantine in a hotel during the transit period, and are only allowed movement when transferring between the hotel and the airport, without being in contact with people in the UAE community, the circular said.