Israel issues ‘severe’ travel warning for UAE

The Israeli Ministry of Health has issued a “severe” travel warning for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over the concerns of Covid-19 spread.

The UAE has become one of the most popular destinations for Israeli tourists since a normalisation agreement was signed between the two countries in September 2020, reports Xinhua news agency.

Besides the UAE, there are currently “severe” travel warnings from Israel to over 10 countries.

The Ministry warned on Wednesday that if the situation in those countries does not improve, they could be added to the list of those countries to which Israelis are barred from travelling.

Israel has already banned travel to six countries, which are Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, India, Mexico and Russia. Israeli citizens and permanent residents who want to travel to the six destinations must apply to an exceptions committee. All passengers arriving in Israel from these countries must go into quarantine, including those vaccinated and recovered from the virus.

Meanwhile, the ministry removed the “severe” travel warning for Peru.

Meanwhile, travellers will not be able to enter or transit in Dubai if they have been in or transited through South Africa or Nigeria in the last 14 days before travelling to Dubai. This is not applicable for UAE nationals who are returning to the UAE and members of diplomatic missions.

“Members of diplomatic missions travelling from Nigeria must present a negative Covid‑19 PCR test certificate from one of the authorised laboratories in Nigeria,” Emirates shared on its website.


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