Emirates resumes flights to five African countries, including Ghana and Uganda

Written by The Frontier Post

Katy Gillett

DUBAI: Emirates will resume passenger services to and from Guinea, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Uganda and Angola as of Thursday.

The Dubai airline first suspended flights from these African nations, plus Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia, on December 28 as a precaution against the spread of the new Covid-19 variant Omicron.

All passengers now travelling from Guinea, Uganda or Ghana with their final destination as Dubai will require a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours and a six-hour rapid test and PCR on arrival in the UAE.

Passengers from Guinea, Uganda, Ghana and Ivory Coast who are transiting in Dubai only need to follow these rules if it is mandated by their final destination.

Anyone coming from Angola or Ivory Coast to Dubai will need a negative PCR result from a test taken within 72 hours and will need to take a PCR test on arrival. Transiting travellers from Angola will also need a negative result from a PCR test within 72 hours of flying.

Those taking the flight that links Guinea to Senegal via Emirates must follow the rules of the final destination.

Passengers will need to present a valid negative Covid-19 PCR test certificate from an approved facility with QR code, with the test validity dating back to when the sample was collected.

Once in Dubai, people must self-quarantine until they receive their on-arrival test result.

UAE citizens and children under the age of 12 are exempt from these rules.

More information is available on the Emirates Covid-19 information hub.

Covid-19 screening at Dubai Airport – in pictures:

Lab staff working in the sample preparation room at Dubai Airport (DXB). All photos by Pawan Singh/The National
Located close to Terminal 2, the laboratory is a dedicated facility for round the clock processing of RT-PCR test samples collected from passengers at DXB.
Lab staff working in Dubai Airport's in-house lab for processing Covid-19 PCR tests.
One of the world’s busiest airports now has one of the world’s biggest in-house Covid-19 testing laboratories.
The laboratory reduces waiting times for passengers arriving by making sure their PCR test results are delivered in just four to six hours.
Before the lab was launched in June, the passengers’ samples were collected from the airport every 12 hours.
Now samples are collected every 30 minutes and transported to the in-house facility operated by Pure Health.
Carlo Kaabar, Medical Director of MOHAP Laboratories, at Dubai Airport's in-house PCR lab.
After a batch of samples is received, the staff first check their integrity and verify the passengers’ details using barcodes.
View of the Dubai Airport's in-house lab for processing Covid-19 PCR tests.
If passengers test positive, they need to undergo isolation and follow the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) guidelines.
Lab staff scanning the barcode of a Covid-19 PCR sample.

Lab staff working in the sample preparation room at Dubai Airport (DXB). All photos by Pawan Singh/The National

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