UAE bans its citizens from travelling to Iran, Thailand

Medical team members board the flight to Hubei Province at Changshui International Airport in Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province, Feb. 12, 2020. A medical team comprised of some 350 medical members left for Xianning City of Hubei Province on Wednesday. It's the third medical team sent from Yunnan to aid the novel coronavirus control efforts in Hubei. (Xinhua/Jiang Wenyao/IANS)

The move come amidst efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus outbreak in Iran…reports Asian Lite News

Medical staff receive a patient infected with the novel coronavirus at the temporary hospital converted from Wuhan Sports Center in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei Province. (Xinhua/Xiao Yijiu/IANS)

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation issued a statement detailing a travel ban to Iran and Thailand following recent concerns on the new coronavirus, COVID-19, outbreaks in the aforementioned countries.

The statement read: In light of the UAE’s efforts to monitor and contain the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, and in the interest of general public safety and health, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has issued a travel ban, calling on all UAE citizens to not travel to Iran and Thailand at present and up until further notice.

UAE citizens currently in these countries are requested to contact the UAE Embassy or the Ministry’s call centre on 800 44444, and register on the ministry’s ‘Tawajudi’ service.

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