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UAE Lifts Travel Ban On Nigeria, Other African Countries

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday announced plans to lift its entry and transit ban earlier placed on travelers who had recently visited Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia, and eight other African countries.

The lifting of the ban was made known by the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA).

The ban was initially imposed in the wake of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

“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,” NCEMA said on Twitter.

The initial ban covered travelers who had visited certain African countries in the previous 14 days.

The changes will come into effect at 2:30 pm on Saturday, January 29.

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Other countries to be affected by the lift include Tanzania, the Republic of Congo, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zimbabwe.

Under the new regulations, while travelers will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test 48 hours prior to departure and a negative rapid-PCR test at the departure airport, those traveling from Uganda, Ghana, and Rwanda will also have to take the three tests. Passengers will also be tested on arrival.

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