Emirates airline suspends travel from more African countries

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An Airbus SE A380-800 aircraft, operated by Emirates, taxis at Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Monday, March 23, 2020. Dubai-based Emirates, the largest long-haul airline, and neighbor Etihad of Abu Dhabi will stop flying passengers for two weeks from Wednesday because of local restrictions. Photographer: Christopher Pike/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An Airbus SE A380-800 aircraft, operated by Emirates, taxis at Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on March 23, 2020. (Photo by Christopher Pike/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Emirates on Tuesday suspended the entry of travelers from several African destinations until further notice.

According to the airline, passengers on direct and transit flights from Angola and Guinea will not be permitted to travel to Dubai from December 28. Six other African countries namely Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Ethiopia are also on this list.

Outbound passenger operations from Dubai to these destinations remain unaffected.

“Affected customers do not need to call us immediately for rebooking. Customers can simply hold on to their Emirates ticket and when flights resume, get in touch with their travel agent or booking office to make new travel plans,” the airline said in a statement.

The move is the latest restriction on global travel aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19, particularly in light of the emergence of the Omicron variant.

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