Abu Dhabi lists Saudi Arabia on safe travel list

Abu Dhabi lists Saudi Arabia on safe travel list
Emirati security forces man a checkpoint at the entrance of Abu Dhabi, on the highway linking Dubai to the capital, on June 2, 2020. (File/AFP)
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Updated 23 December 2020

Abu Dhabi lists Saudi Arabia on safe travel list

Abu Dhabi lists Saudi Arabia on safe travel list
  • The Kingdom’s inclusion means visitors will no longer quarantine themselves upon arrival in the UAE’s capital
  • International travelers are now allowed to visit the emirate starting December 24

DUBAI: Abu Dhabi Tourism on Tuesday has included Saudi Arabia on its travel ‘green list.’
The Kingdom’s inclusion means visitors will no longer quarantine themselves upon arrival in the UAE’s capital, although they would still need to follow COVID-19 testing regulations.
Other countries on the list are Australia, Brunei, China, Greece, Greenland, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mauritius, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
As part of Abu Dhabi’s updated coronavirus regulations, international travelers are now allowed to visit the emirate starting December 24.

Authorities said international travelers will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result received within 96 hours of their departure, and will have to take another test upon arrival in Abu Dhabi, the emirate’s Media Office announced.
“All travelers will need to undertake a PCR test on day six if they are staying six or more consecutive days, as well as on day 12 if they are staying 12 or more consecutive days,” the Abu Dhabi Emergency Crisis and Disasters Committee said. 
Tourists visiting from countries not on the green list will need to quarantine for 10 days and the list will be reviewed fortnightly, the committee clarified.


Death toll now 130 in tribal conflict in Darfur

Death toll now 130 in tribal conflict in Darfur
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Death toll now 130 in tribal conflict in Darfur

Death toll now 130 in tribal conflict in Darfur

JEDDAH: The death toll in a new tribal conflict in Sudan rose to 130 on Monday as clashes in West Darfur spread south.
At least 47 people were killed in South Darfur after 83 died and tens of thousands were displaced in West Darfur in the previous two days. It was the worst violence since a peace agreement last October raised hopes of an end to years of war.
Sudan has been undergoing a fragile transition since the removal from power of dictator Omar Bashir in April 2019 after mass protests against his rule.
The new bloodshed followed the end of the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur on Dec. 31.
The aid group Save the Children warned: “In the chaos, we fear many children will have been separated from their parents, and will now be at risk of exploitation.” Its Sudan country director Arshad Malik said the many wounded had overwhelmed health centers, and injured and dying people were lying on the floors and corridors of hospitals.
“We call on all parties to the violence in West Darfur to lay down their arms immediately, before the situation gets out of control,” he said.
Authorities in Khartoum said they had sent a delegation to contain the situation. The UN secretary-general’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric urged them to “bring an end to the fighting.”