A Uganda Airlines aircraft. COURTESY PHOTO

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has suspended flights from Uganda.

In a move described by Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) as temporary, the suspension comes amid the surge in Covid-19 cases.

“UAE has temporarily suspended flights from Uganda to Dubai until further notice,” UCAA said in a tweet on Tuesday, December 28, 2021. 

“Passengers planning to travel to Dubai are advised to keep in touch with their respective airlines for guidance on any changes in the restrictions,” UCAA added.

However, according to UCAA, all incoming Emirates flights from Dubai are still operational.

“The restriction is also applicable to transit passengers who have been in Uganda within 14 days prior to entry to Dubai,” added UCAA in a statement.

In June this year, UAE also suspended flights from Uganda to Dubai, over a surge in Corona virus infections and deaths.

The second suspension of flights from Uganda to Dubai, comes at a time when Uganda has registered an increase in Covid-19 cases ahead of the planned reopening of the economy next week.

The travel bans come after a discovery of rising COVID-19 Omicron variant cases in the listed African countries and the UAE.

UAE authorities continue to bar entry into the UAE for all travelers and transit passengers from Republic of Congo, South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Mozambique.