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UK-UAE travel suspension: Free visit visa extension for affected travellers

UAE will continue to maintain its role as hub for travel and logistics

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Abu Dhabi: Visit visas of British travellers will be extended free of charge following the UK’s decision to add the UAE to its travel ban, said a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on Thursday.

The suspension comes into effect today, Friday January 29, for all flights that were scheduled to arrive after 1pm UK time, when the travel restriction comes into effect.

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MoFAIC said the UAE will continue to maintain its role as an important hub for travel and logistics according to the highest standards of health and safety.

The UAE continues to address various challenges in the collective global effort against the pandemic in a science-informed and measured manner, and is engaged in constant dialogue with experts and policy makers around the world.


Hend Al Otaiba, Director of Strategic Communications at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation stated: “The cornerstone of our fight against the pandemic has been PCR testing, awarding the UAE the highest testing rate per capita globally. In light of new variants in other parts of the world, the UAE has intensified efforts to mitigate these risks. New measures include requiring PCR tests for incoming travellers, imposing restrictions on entertainment venues, further limiting gatherings, and implementing awareness campaigns for the general public in a transparent and open manner.”

“We are confident of our ambitious vaccination program that is ranked second globally in doses administered per capita and have every confidence in our medical infrastructure and frontline workers,” Al Otaiba added.