UAE to ease border restrictions and allow travel to certain destinations

UAE will allow its citizens and certain resident categories to travel to approved destinations from 23 June
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The UAE is allowing select categories of citizens and residents to travel to certain destinations from 23 June as the country begins the process of reopening its borders.

The categories of people and the list of approved destinations will be announced at a later date, according to UAE authorities.

Those who are allowed to travel will have to adhere to all Covid-19 precautionary and preventative measures before they travel, during their stay abroad and on their return to the UAE.  

Residents returning to the UAE are required to register with the ‘Resident Entry Permit’ service on the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship website before booking a flight. Returning residents arriving in the UAE then have to undergo a 14-day quarantine. 

The country suspended all passenger flights in late March with the exception of some repatriation, cargo and medical supply flights.

UAE airlines have started operating more services, with Emirates now operating passenger flights to 29 cities, which include its transit operations.

Dubai and Abu Dhabi were recently cleared to resume their role as the main points of transit between Europe and Asia after the UAE government lifted restrictions on connecting passengers.

Super-connectors Emirates and Etihad quickly announced new long-haul flights linking the East and West via Dubai International and Abu Dhabi International airports.  

Elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa region, airports and countries are beginning to lift restrictions and resume commercial flights in a phased approach.

Egypt this week became the latest country in the Middle East and North Africa region to announce that it is reopening airports to resume regular commercial flights.

Egypt’s civil aviation minister, Mohamed Manar Anba, told a media conference that flights would begin to operate gradually from 1 July.

Kuwait is also said to be considering plans for a gradual resumption of commercial flights in and out of the country.

Kuwait became the first country in the Middle East to shut down its airport on 13 March and has endured one of the strictest lockdowns in the region since the pandemic broke out.

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