Dubai has barred entry to anyone who has been in South Africa within the 10 days prior to arrival.
The rule has raised doubts about whether Emirates flights will actually be returning to South Africa on January 28, as per the airline’s last communication to the market.
Emirates cancelled its flights to and from South Africa a week ago, listing operational reasons for the cancellations. The airline said at the time that flights would resume on January 28 and encouraged agents and direct passengers to rebook their trips to travel beyond this date. But the airline has been slow to release a comprehensive re-accommodation policy, leaving many passengers stranded around the world.
The new regulation, barring entry from South Africa, which many believe was the real reason behind the Emirates flight cancellations, has now been updated on the airline’s website under the following link:
It says: “New rules for travel from South Africa – you will not be able to enter Dubai if you have been in South Africa within 10 days of departure to Dubai. This includes transiting in other countries within 10 days before travelling to Dubai.”
Source: Travel News