UAE demands compulsory negative COVID-19 test from visitors from 4 African nations, others
London, July 9, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The United Arab Emirates, UAE says there will be no entry visa from any Nigerians, Egyptians, US citizens and many other international visitors to Dubai except such persons produce a valid covid-29 negative test certificate effective July 10, according to a statement from the Dubai-based airlines.
The negative COVID-19 coronavirus test must be issued no more than 96 hours before departure, the airlines confirmed in a statement posted on their website.
Other countries affected by the negative coronavirus test before departure are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Iran, Pakistan, Philippines, Russian Federation, Sudan, and Tanzania
For the US, the airlines specified the following airports: Dallas Fort Worth (DFW), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Orlando (MCO), including passengers originating from California, Florida and Texas connecting to an Emirates flight to Dubai.
A passenger of an Emirates airlines flight departing to the Australian city of Sydney, checks in at Dubai International Airport. (File photo: AFP)
Dubai opened it doors to international tourists from Tuesday, July 7, as the emirate continues to reopen from the lockdown it imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Dubai expects an “aggressive” bounce back in tourism by the year-end after the Mideast travel hub allowed holiday-makers to resume flying into the emirate from Tuesday.
Dubai, which spent years turning itself into a business and tourism hub, attracts millions of visitors annually thanks to its beaches, luxury hotels and high-end malls. It started easing restrictions in the past months after locking down the city and suspending travel.