UAE issues travel bans to Iran, Thailand

By Eudore R. Chand

ABU DHABI 25 February 2020: The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation issued a statement on Monday detailing a travel ban to Iran and Thailand following recent concerns on the new coronavirus (Covid-19), outbreaks in the mentioned countries.

The statement read: In light of the UAE’s efforts to monitor and contain the spread of the new coronavirus, Covid-19, and in the interest of general public safety and health, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has issued a travel ban, calling on all UAE citizens to not travel to Iran and Thailand at present and up until further notice.

UAE citizens currently in these countries are requested to contact the UAE Embassy or the Ministry’s call centre on 800 44444, and register on the ministry’s ‘Tawajudi’ service, said Wam.

It is not clear if the announcement applies as a ban or travel advisory to expatriate residents as they are equally at risk of infection.

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