The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced that it will suspend travellers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Namibia from entering the country on national and foreign flights, effective 11:59pm on Monday, June 21.
The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) stated that the restrictions would also include transit passengers, with the exception of transit flights travelling to the UAE and bound for those countries.
According to the statement by the GCAA, cargo flights between those countries and the UAE will continue, as usual.
It said the restrictions were being introduced to limit the spread of COVID-19.
The GCAA further explained that exemptions to its decision include: UAE nationals, their first-degree relatives, diplomatic missions, official delegations, business jets – after getting prior approvals – and golden and silver residency permit holders, in addition to those who work essential jobs.
However, those who are exempted will still have to take a PCR test at the airport and enter a mandatory 10-day quarantine.