Middle East & Africa

Welcome to our Middle East & Africa travel page. Here you’ll find the latest updates from airlines, hotels and car hire companies, as well as information on border restrictions. Our traveller resources also have tips, frequently asked questions and useful links to help you plan and prepare for your next trip so you can get back on the road safely.

Rules and restrictions vary by country and are changing regularly, so if you’re travelling from outside the Middle East & Africa don’t forget to check the latest information on your departure and any transit countries here.  

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EMIRATES AIRLINE: Flights to South Africa remain suspended until 07 Aug 2021

The suspension of passenger uplift from South Africa ( JNB, DUR & CPT) to Dubai has been further extended up to & including 7th August 2021.
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Emirates : launches new flight to Miami, Florida

Emirates is connecting global business and leisure travellers with its first-ever passenger service between Dubai and Miami. The airline celebrated the inaugural flight of its four times a week service when it touched down in Miami at 11:00 local time on Saturday. Emirates flight EK213 was welcomed by Miami International Airport with a water cannon salute, and drew in an audience of passengers, aviation fans and guests.
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easyJet : to offer Morocco connection from Glasgow this winter

easyJet has confirmed the launch of new flights from Glasgow to Morocco this winter. From November 4th, flights and holidays will take off from Glasgow Airport to the popular beach destination of Agadir, offering customers in Scotland even more choice for enjoying a holiday this winter.
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Manchester Airport : welcomes new airlines to T2 development

Manchester Airport has confirmed a new tranche of airlines will be moving into the Terminal Two development. The facility opened to its first customers last week, with flights initially being operated by Jet2.com, TUI and then Singapore Airlines. After the success of these operations – and as travel restrictions ease – the airport has confirmed the next airlines to move will be Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways and Brussels Airlines.
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SOUTH AFRICA: South Africa moves to adjusted alert level three

South Africa will move to adjusted alert level three with immediate effect. All COVID-19 health and safety protocols must be followed, including observance of guidelines for social distancing, sanitation, hygiene and use of appropriate personal protective equipment, like cloth face masks. The following measures will be implemented - A curfew will be in place between 10h00 pm and 04h00 am. Should your travel to/from an airport fall outside of curfew hours, you will need to produce your ticket or travel itinerary to show your reason for travel. Inter-provincial travel will resume. All gatherings are permitted however only a minimum of 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors will be allowed. Smaller venues are only permitted to operate at 50% capacity. Non-essential establishments such as restaurants, taverns, bars and fitness centers may open however will need to close by 21h00 pm in light of curfew. The sale of alcohol at retail outlets for off-site consumption is only permitted Monday to Thursday, between 10h00 am and 18h00 pm. The sale of alcohol for on-site consumption is permitted as per licensing conditions and up to 20h00pm. Schools will re-open on 26 July 2021 according to strict health protocols.
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Packing and Preparation

Now, more than ever, it's important to be well prepared before embarking on a trip. Prepare for your next trip with our handy traveller checklist, download the traveller app Sam :] and make sure you've packed everything you need to stay safe and healthy.

In the skies

From touchless check-in kiosks to empty middle seats, air travel post-COVID will look very different. Even the most frequent flyer will have questions and want to know what to expect, so we've answered the most frequently asked questions.

On the ground

Rental car are changing their policies to decrease human interaction and touchpoints. Find out what else ground transportation companies are doing to limit the risk of COVID-19.

Accommodation

Hotels around the world are implementing new processes and safety precautions in response to COVID-19. To help prepare for your next trip take a look at our frequently asked questions to discover what measures hotels are taking and what the hotel experience will look like post-pandemic.