This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
The government of Tunisia has banned all flights into and out of the country by Emirates.
“The Ministry of Transport has decided to suspend the flights of Emirates Airlines to and from Tunisia until the company is able to find a suitable solution to operate its flights in accordance with international laws and treaties,” the Tunisian ministry announced on Sunday.
The airline said it will suspend its routes between Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Tunis-Carthage International Airport (TUN) starting today, December 25.
The ban comes in direct response to the UAE-based airline prohibiting women under 30 with Tunisian passports from boarding its planes as late as Friday, part of a larger government ban on Tunisian women entering the UAE.
According to the Tunisian state news agency, the UAE had knowledge that led them to believe women with Tunisian passports might be planning “terrorist acts.” Though the UAE didn’t comment on that, the UAE ambassador to Tunisia said that the ban on Tunisian women was a temporary security measure, a stance repeated by the UAE foreign minister on Sunday.
“We have contacted our Tunisian brothers about security information that necessitated taking specific and circumstantial measures,” Anwar Gargash said on his Twitter feed according to Gulf News, adding that “we appreciate Tunisian women, respect them, value their pioneering experience and regard them as a safety valve, and we avoid attempts at misinterpretation and misrepresentation.”
The Tunisian government blasted the move by the UAE as “illegal” before issuing its ban on Emirates flights.
Tunisian women who were denied boarding on Dubai-bound flights said the situation left the airport in Tunis in chaos Friday, with men and children allowed on while their wives and mothers were forced to stay behind. The security measure didn’t apply to Tunisian women with diplomatic passports or resident visas for the UAE.
“So the daughter and the mum stay in Tunisia but the husband and son can travel,” one woman told a Tunisian radio station. “Is this logical? It’s degrading. It’s degrading to the Tunisian woman, to our nationality — to everything.”
The Tunisian foreign minister said the UAE hadn’t informed the Tunisian government about the ban ahead of time, and demanded an apology as outrage in Tunisia grew.
Featured image by Alberto Riva/The Points Guy.
LIMITED TIME OFFER. Aside from the 100,000 points welcome bonus (available until 8/8/18), Amex recently made huge improvements to the Business Platinum Card, including the fact that you will now earn 50% more points on purchases of $5,000 or more, earn 5x on flights and eligible hotels at Amextravel.com and cardholders will receive a $200 airline fee credit each year.
- Limited Time Offer: Earn up to 100,000 Membership Rewards® Points.
- Earn 50,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $10,000 & an extra 50,000 points after you spend an additional $15,000 all on qualifying purchases within your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer ends 8/8/18.†
- Get 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com.
- Get 50% more Membership Rewards® points. That's 1.5 points per dollar, on each eligible purchase of $5,000 or more. You can get up to 1 million additional points per year.
- 35% Airline Bonus: Use Membership Rewards® Pay with Points for all or part of a flight with your selected qualifying airline, and you can get 35% of the points back, up to 500,000 bonus points per calendar year.
- You can also receive 35% points back on all First and Business class flights, with all airlines available through American Express Travel.
- You can enjoy access to The American Express Global Lounge Collection℠ offering access to the most lounges across the globe, when compared with other U.S. credit card offerings. As of 11/2017
- Terms Apply
- See Rates & Fees