The United Arab Emirates will from Wednesday suspend the entry of all travellers, including transit passengers, from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka amid the Covid pandemic, reports AFP.
The UAE, which is made up seven emirates, has already suspended flights from India, as coronavirus cases in the country spiked to global records.
The surge has spilled into Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Pakistan is also struggling to contain a third wave of infections.
Cargo flights will continue to operate between the UAE and the four countries.
Meanwhile, Thailand on Monday closed its border to foreign travellers arriving from Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan on the back of the first confirmed cases of the Indian variant of Covid-19 in the country, reports the Bangkok Post.
There has been a ban on foreigners coming from India entering Thailand since May 1.
Foreign ministry spokesman Tanee Sangrat said on Monday that the Thai embassies in Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan had now also stopped issuing certificates of entry for non-Thai nationals, from May 10 until further notice.
Thai nationals were still allowed to apply for the document, which is needed to return to Thailand during the epidemic, he said.
The ban followed the detection of the Indian variant, coded B.1.617.1, in a Thai woman and her son who arrived from Pakistan, announced by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration on Monday.
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