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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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Dubai suspends entry to passengers from South Africa

The government of the UAE emirate of Dubai have announced that entry to passengers who have travelled from or through South Africa in the past ten days will now be suspended, after it introduced a raft of new restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19. Travellers from South Africa holding valid Dubai residence visas will also need government approval before being allowed to depart. Returning residents, who have received approval from the GDRFA or Federal Authority, must also produce two negative COVID-19 PCR test results. These tests must be completed within 96 hours of departure and then upon arrival in Dubai. Rapid antigen test certificates will not be accepted. South Africans will still be allowed to transit through Dubai International Airport on route to their final destinations to other countries which still allow for entry. South Africans in transit will still need to produce a negative Covid-19 test and will be confined to the airport precinct.
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ISRAEL: Country's government extends COVID-19 'lockdown' and increases entry requirements

The country's government has announced that a nationwide COVID-19 'lockdown' has been extended by at least a further ten days until 31 January, following increases in new infection rates within Israel. In addition, ministers also approved a fine of NIS 2,500 for anyone who arrives in the country without a recent, negative COVID-19 test result. Under the new policy, the test must be conducted a maximum of 72 hours prior to landing in Israel.
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LEBANON: Country's government extends COVID-19 restrictions until 8 February 2021

The country's government announced today, 21 January, that it will extend a 24-hour lockdown imposed earlier this month by two weeks, to combat a continued rise in COVID-19 infections. The tight restrictions on movement across the country, which had been due to run until 25 January, will stay in place until at least 8 February.
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EMIRATES: Airline to vaccinate crew against COVID-19

The airline has launched a bid to vaccinate all of its UAE-based workforce against COVID-19, in a move that hopes to increase passenger confidence in flying with Emirates. The inoculation drive has already started, with priority being placed on its frontline aviation workforce, including cabin crew, flight deck and other operationally focused roles.
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NETHERLANDS: Country imposes flight suspensions on a number of destinations from 23 January 2021

The country's government has announced that from 23 January they will place a ban on passenger flights from the UK, South Africa and a number of South American countries. In addition, if passengers are travelling from areas with a high incidence of COVID-19, regardless of their nationality, they must present two negative COVID-19 test results; the first is a negative PCR test result obtained a maximum of 72 hours prior to departure, and the second is a negative rapid test result obtained no more than four hours prior to boarding. Locally, a restrictive COVID-19 'lockdown’ remains in place in the country until at least 9 February, included a nighttime curfew.
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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.