General civil Aviation authority announced that entry of passengers from Afghanistan barred as a result of surge in corona virus positive cases in Afghanistan as it is grappling with third wave of the lethal pandemic.

The measure will take effect at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, 11th July.

United Arab Emirate nationals and their close relatives, workers bearing accredited diplomatic mission between the UAE and Afghanistan namely those who work in UAE’s embassy in Afghanistan and Afghanistan’s embassy in UEA are the categories exempted from the order.

Official delegations and businesspeople, holders of golden and silver resident visas, employees of important vocations as defined by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, and crews of foreign freight and transit flights, are other groups being exempted from the measures.

All the exempted categories are required to follow precautionary measures while traveling.

The order also covers those who have visited Afghanistan in the past 14 days.

The precautionary measures include negative corona test with 48 hours validity, 10-day quarantine and PCR test at the airport and test on the fourth and eight days after arrival.

Those who travel to UAE through third country should wait for 14 days in that country before arriving in UAE.

It becomes second gulf country barring passengers from Afghanistan after Saudi Arabia announced the similar order previous week.

FILE PHOTO: Emirates airliners are seen on the tarmac in a general view of Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates January 13, 2021. REUTERS/Abdel Hadi Ramahi