Denmark extends UAE flight ban by one week

Denmark extends UAE flight ban by one week
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A temporary ban on incoming flights from the United Arab Emirates scheduled to expire on Wednesday has now been extended by a week until February 2nd, the Danish transport ministry has confirmed.

The ban applies to all flights from the UAE, including transit flights.

Flights from the country were initially banned on January 22nd due to concerns about the reliability of Covid-19 tests in Dubai. The concerns revolved around rapid tests at some private clinics in the city.

The UAE subsequently moved to reassure Denmark over its concerns.

Denmark’s transport ministry said in Tuesday’s statement that the country’s authorities are “in constructive dialogue with authorities in the UAE and various models are being drafted for testing solutions.”

The tests would be studied and assessed by Danish authorities in the coming days, the ministry said. The ban could be lifted early if a satisfactory solution is found, the statement also noted.

“I have been given information on several occasions which has convinced me that it was entirely the correct decision to temporarily suspend flights from Dubai,” transport minister Benny Engelbrecht said in the statement.

“I know that airlines and authorities in (the UAE) take these suspicions very seriously,” he added.

Earlier this week, a parliamentary majority agreed to push through a legal amendment enabling Denmark to enforce arrival quarantine on travellers entering the country.

That law is expected to be passed on February, 2nd, according to the transport ministry.

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