UAE bars Emirati nationals from traveling to Iran and Thailand starting Feb. 24 until further notice. Further travel restrictions possible.

Severity: Informational Alert

This alert began 25 Feb 2020 16:38 GMT and is scheduled to expire 06 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Start Time/Date: Feb. 24
  • Impact: Entry restrictions; health screenings; likely increased immigration wait times

Authorities announced they will bar Emirati nationals from traveling to Iran and Thailand starting Feb. 24. Emirati citizens currently in Iran or Thailand have been requested to contact the UAE embassy or the Emirati Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. It is currently unclear whether non-Emirati nationals traveling from Iran or Thailand will be denied entry into the country.

The measure has been taken over concerns regarding the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The WHO has declared the ongoing outbreak of the virus to be a global health emergency. COVID-19 originated in China's Wuhan City in Hubei Province.

Individuals affected by the restrictions should postpone planned travel. Follow all official immigration and health screening instructions. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings. Consider delaying travel if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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