The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has lifted the travel ban placed on Nigerian and 11 other African countries.
UAE’s National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) announced this in a tweet on Wednesday .
According to the statement, airlines are allowed to enter UAE from Saturday, Janaury 29.
“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 is 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 travelling to the country if they have COVID-19 symptoms.
The travel restrictions were imposed on the Africa countries in December 2021 due to spread of the Omicron variant of COVID -19