Emirates and Etihad have opened limited flights into the UAE.
PHOTO BY ANDREW HUNT
DUBAI – Emirates airline on Saturday (May 9) announced it has opened bookings for limited flights to Dubai to allow expatriates to return to the UAE, while Etihad expected its flight from London to arrive in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
According to Emirates, its limited flights are currently available for passengers from Frankfurt and Heathrow in London who wish to return to Dubai.
The airline did not say when it would open more flights from other countries.
The limited flights to Dubai are for those with residence visas in the UAE and have gotten approval through the Twajudi service to return to the UAE.
Passengers must have a valid UAE residence visa and prior approval from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) through the Twajudi service before booking their flight.
Tickets need to be booked directly through emirates.com and are non-refundable. Seats will be pre-assigned and online check-in is not available.
On Friday, Etihad announced it was starting limited flights from 12 cities beginning on May 9 to help expats return to the UAE.
The first special flight to Abu Dhabi will come from London on May 9.
All passengers arriving in the UAE will undergo Covid-19 screening and thermal testing and will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days. They will also be asked to undergo a follow up Covid-19 test. ICA/Expat Media
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