Flights with inbound and transit passenger movements to Dubai from Kenya have been temporarily suspended for 48 hours effective today.

As per the directive from the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), customers will not be accepted for travel on Emirates flights at Nairobi during this time. No particular reason has been given.

Outbound passenger operations from Dubai to Nairobi remain unaffected.

No particular reason has been given.

The suspension comes a day after DCAA issued travellers from East Africa to Dubai stringent conditions.

Under the new measures by Dubai, travellers from Africa will now be required to provide a Rapid PCR test report conducted at the departure airport six hours before departure to Dubai.

This is in addition to a negative Covid-19 test certificate issued within 48 hours of arrival in Dubai.

These include having a negative Covid-19 test obtained within 48 hours and a Rapid-PCR test at the airport within six hours of the departure.

This is in addition to a negative Covid-19 test certificate issued within 48 hours of arrival in Dubai.

In a statement on its website, Emirates said outbound passenger operations from Dubai to Nairobi 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.”

Earlier in December, the National Authority for Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management (NCEMA) and the General Civil Aviation Authority had introduced new travel requirements for those coming on direct flights from Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia.

Travellers were required to have a negative COVID-19 test obtained within 48 hours and a Rapid-PCR test at the airport within six hours of the departure.

DCAA called on all travellers affected by the decision to follow up and communicate with the airlines to amend and schedule their flights and to ensure their safe return to their final destinations without any delay or other obligations.

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