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UAE to Bar Travel from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka from Wednesday

UAE to Bar Travel from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka from Wednesday

Monday, 10 May, 2021 - 09:30
A man receives a dose of a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at St. Paul's Church in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates January 16, 2021. (Reuters)

The United Arab Emirates will bar entry to non-UAE resident travelers from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka starting on Wednesday to try to contain the spread of the coronavirus, it said on Monday.


The UAE last month banned entry to travelers from India to guard against the spread of the highly contagious Indian variant.


"Flights between the four countries will continue to allow the transport of passengers from the UAE to Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka," the Gulf state's National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) said.


The ban includes transit flights coming from those countries. Transit flights to those countries can continue.


UAE citizens, long-term residency holders - known as "golden visa" holders - and diplomats are not included in the ban, which comes just ahead of the Eid al-Fitr holiday celebrating the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan.


To enter the UAE from the four countries, people must have been in another country for at least 14 days beforehand, NCEMA said.


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