Like many countries worldwide, bans are implemented for various reasons, including political and safety concerns. The UAE follows this trend by imposing and currently maintaining multiple bans.
Continue reading to discover the countries presently included in the travel ban list of the UAE.
Update on UAE Travel Ban: Latest Developments and Restrictions
In response to the Marburg virus outbreak in Equatorial Guinea and Tanzania, the UAE government has released a fresh travel advisory, urging Emiratis to avoid travelling to these regions. Additionally, UAE citizens currently in these countries are advised to take necessary precautions and follow the safety guidelines issued by the respective authorities.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention (Mohap) in the UAE has further emphasized the importance of self-isolation and prompt medical assistance for travelers returning from these countries. It is advised that individuals isolate themselves and seek immediate medical attention at the nearest healthcare facility or emergency department within hospitals upon their arrival in the UAE.
Individuals experiencing symptoms of the virus persisting for over 21 days are strongly advised to seek immediate medical assistance. Common symptoms include fever, chills, headache, myalgia, chest pain, and a sore throat. In severe cases, the Marburg virus may lead to jaundice, significant weight loss, and other critical health complications.
For emergencies, UAE citizens are requested to directly contact the Ministry at 0097180024.
Having knowledge about the modes of infection transmission empowers us to take preventive measures and curb their spread effectively.
Temporary Suspension of Visa Issuance: Current Status and Updates
Earlier, the United Arab Emirates implemented a ban on citizens from nearly 20 African nations, preventing their entry into Dubai. The following countries have been impacted by this decision enacted by UAE authorities:
- Sierra Leone
- Republic of Guinea
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- Ivory Coast
- Guinea Bissau
- Burkina Faso
- Dominican Republic
Starting from October 18, 2022, until further notice, all applications for 30-day visas from the aforementioned countries will be rejected or cancelled and returned to the applicants.
Checking UAE Travel Ban Status: Stay Updated on Current Restrictions
Prior to your travel to the UAE, it is recommended to verify and address any concerns that may impede your entry at the airport immigration counters. This includes checking if you are affected by a UAE travel ban related to financial cases or if you have any pending requests from the Public Prosecution due to claims against you.
In the UAE, there are three methods available to check the status of your travel ban:
Here are the revised points:
- Visit the Dubai Police station in person.
- Contact the call center or send an inquiry through mail. When contacting the call center, provide your passport number and other necessary information. Residents can call the toll-free number 800-5111 at the Amer center in Dubai. For international callers, the number is +971-4-313-9999. Alternatively, you can send an inquiry via email to @dubaipolice.gov.ae.
- Online Travel Ban Check: Step-by-Step Guide to Verify Your Travel Ban Status
- Ensure you have your Emirates ID ready.
- Visit the official website of Dubai Police or download the Dubai Police app on your Android or iOS device.
- Navigate to the ‘Individual Services’ section.
- Choose ‘Criminal Status of Financial Cases’ from the available options.
- Enter your full name and Emirates ID number in the designated fields.
- If there is a travel ban in place, you will receive a notification instructing you to bring your Emirates ID, a copy of your passport, and an authority letter to the nearest Dubai Police station.
For individuals holding an Abu Dhabi residency visa and an ID number, the Estafser e-service is available to check for any claims against them. This service is specifically designed for residents of Abu Dhabi. However, if you possess a visa from any of the other five emirates or no longer have an ID number, it is necessary to reach out to the General Directorate of Residence and Foreigner Affairs for further assistance.