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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Latest News

EMIRATES: Airline to begin flights to Amman, Jordan from 4 November 2020

The Dubai-based airline has announced that it will expand its current flight schedule utilising it's flagship Airbus A380 aircraft with the introduction of flights to Amman, Jordan from 4 November. Passengers can fly from Dubai to Amman three times a week on Wednesdays, Thursday and Fridays. Emirates flight EK 903 will depart Dubai at 14:05 and arrive in Amman at 15:30 local time. The return flight, EK 904 will depart Amman at 17:10 and arrive in Dubai at 22:00 local time.
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EMIRATES: Airline announces partnership with South African regional carrier Airlink

Dubai-based airline Emirates has announced a partnership with South African regional carrier Airlink; Emirates reports that the move will provide its customers enhanced connectivity via Johannesburg and Cape Town to more than 25 domestic destinations in South Africa and more than 20 regional destinations in Southern Africa.
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UAE: Passengers from India and Pakistan no longer require 'Ok To Board' pre-approval

The government of the UAE has confirmed that 'Ok to Board' pre-approval is no longer required for passengers travelling to Dubai from India or Pakistan. Any such approval process will now be managed and updated by airport teams directly at the time of check-in.
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AMAWATERWAYS: Cruise operator suspends all remaining 2020 river sailings in three continents

The cruise operator has announced that it has cancelled the rest of its scheduled 2020 river cruises in Europe, Asia and Africa; this suspension does not though apply to the chartered river cruises being operated on the Rhine in partnership with a German tour operator. Passengers affected will be offered a future cruise credit equal to 115% of the value of their purchase, which will be valid for sailings through to the end of 2022.
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SOUTH AFRICA: Country publishes updated list of countries designated 'high-risk'

The government of South Africa has today, 19 October, issued a revised list of countries designated as 'high-risk' for the purposes of international travel. As a reminder, international travel for business and leisure purposes resumed on 1 October 2020 in South Africa with restrictions in place; travel is currently restricted from countries with infection rates deemed to be high, and travel for leisure purposes from 'high-risk' countries is not permitted. Only high skill visa holders, investors in the economy and diplomats are allowed entry into South Africa from 'high-risk' countries with the necessary approvals in place.
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Traveller resources

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.