UAE extends ban on flights with Iran until further notice starting March 3. Further travel restrictions possible.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 03 Mar 2020 19:06 GMT and is scheduled to expire 31 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Start Time/Date: March 3
  • Impact: Entry restrictions; health screenings; likely increased immigration wait times

Summary
On March 3, Emirati authorities indefinitely extended an existing ban suspending flights with Iran as part of the nation's effort to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) had initially suspended all passenger and cargo flights to and from Iran for one week beginning Feb. 25. Authorities also suspended passenger ferry services with Iran from Feb. 27 until further notice. Commercial ships entering Emirati ports are required to provide a statement detailing the health status of their crew 72 hours before arrival. These measures follow a ban on Emirati nationals traveling to Iran and Thailand. 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 World Health Organization 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.

Advice
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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