Wed, 03 Jun 2020

DAR ES SALAAM, May 21 (Xinhua) -- At least 119 Tanzanian nationals who were stranded in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic were repatriated back home on Thursday, said a government statement.

The statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation said the Tanzanian nationals arrived at the Julius Nyerere International Airport in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam through a Fly Dubai flight.

The statement said the 119 Tanzanian nationals were stranded in the UAE after international airlines suspended flights following the outbreak of the viral disease across the world.

The Tanzanian nationals thanked the government for helping them to secure travel permits from the UAE where they were stranded for about three months, said the statement.

Last week, 246 Tanzanian nationals who were stranded in India for similar reasons were repatriated to Tanzania.

On Monday, Tanzania released a travel advisory saying there will be no more 14-day mandatory quarantine for incoming travellers as previously required.

According to the travel advisory signed by Tanzanian Minister of Health Ummy Mwalimu, all travellers including foreigners or returning residents entering or leaving Tanzania will only be subjected to enhanced screening for COVID-19 infection.

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