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

UNITED AIRLINES: Delay in the commencement of new Johannesburg / New York route

United airlines who was due to commence a direct flight between Johannesburg and New York (EWR) in March 2021 has taken the decision based on the current pandemic's effect on the demand for travel until 03 June 2021.
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Qatar Airways : continues to build Africa connections

Qatar Airways has revealed plans to grow its Africa network with plans to fly to 23 destinations on more than 100 weekly flights. Qatar Airways Group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are proud to be the leading international carrier connecting Africa with Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and the United States, offering more flexible travel options and a global network of flights that passengers, trade and business partners can rely on.
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Flydubai : adds four more cities to its European network

Budget carrier flydubai is adding four more destinations to its Europe network from May, and taking the tally to that continent to 20. Catania and Naples in Italy, Salzburg in Austria and Malta are the four new spots. Once these services start, flydubai will have touchdowns in 65 destinations worldwide. The flights to Malta International Airport and Catania International Airport commence May 12 with four weekly services, while those to Naples International will resume from May 13 with a three week service.
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DENMARK: Additional restrictions for residents from South Africa, UK and UAE

All non-residents entering Denmark must show a worthy cause for travel and proof of a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen test) taken no more than 24 hours before boarding the aircraft. Danish nationals and residents must also present a negative COVID-19 test. Additional entry restrictions apply to residents from the UK and South Africa. Direct flights from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Denmark are banned from 22 to 26 January 2021. Also, COVID-19 tests taken in the UAE between these dates won't be accepted. If you're travelling to Denmark from the UAE on a continuous journey (transferring at one or more airports), you'll have to take a test in another country before boarding the final flight to Denmark.
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ISRAEL: Country's government to suspend international flights for one week from 25 January 2021

The country's government has announced that it will suspend passenger flights in and out of Israel for one week from the evening of 25 January; the measure reportedly comes into force from 22.00 (GMT) and will last until at least the end of January. The move comes as, locally, clashes have broken out between ultra-Orthodox protesters in the city of Bnei Brak and police forces attempting to enforce current COVID-19 'lockdown' rules.
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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.