An Emirates flight from Dubai to Muscat has been canceled after baggage handlers discovered a snake in the hold of the plane. (AFP)
Other countries required to take an additional PCR test on arrival are Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Sudan, Syria and Tunisia in the Middle East.
The list also includes Angola, DR Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Ivory Coast, Somaliland, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Liberia and Tanzania from Africa.
Afghanistan, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Georgia, India, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine , Uzbekistan and Vietnam are also on the list.
Passengers from those countries will need to stay in their hotel or residence until they receive the test results and will need to undergo isolation if the results are positive, the airline said.
Previously, the airline said travelers from Egypt, Indonesia and Vietnam must submit coronavirus test results with QR codes.
Passengers from all countries to Dubai must submit COVID-19 test certificates with negative results, Emirates Airlines wrote on its website, saying tests should not be done more than 72 hours before departure.
The certificates are to be a reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test, the airline said, noting that other forms of testing are not accepted in the UAE capital.
The RT-PCR test is a commonly used laboratory test to detect coronavirus infections.
On January 1, Abu Dhabi updated its green list, allowing 71 countries to enter the emirate without the need for quarantine.
The green list includes only three African countries: Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria.
The UAE has also announced that it will ban unvaccinated citizens from traveling abroad from January 10.
The United Arab Emirates has seen a significant increase in coronavirus cases over the past month, registering 2,581 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, January 4, down from just 51 cases on December 4.