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Emirates opens Manila-Dubai flight for OFWs on May 30


DUBAI – Dubai-based Emirates airline has opened a one-way flight from Manila to Dubai this week to help Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) return to the UAE.

Emirates flight EK335 will depart from Manila on Saturday (May 30) at 11:55pm and land in Dubai at 4:45am on May 31.

The flights are available to Filipinos with valid residence visa in the UAE and have obtained approval from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA).

“Only passengers holding a UAE residence permit in addition to an entry permit from the UAE authorities will be allowed to board,” said Emirates.

On May 18, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship announced that expatriates who have been stuck abroad amid the coronavirus outbreak will be able to return to the UAE from June 1.

The authorities, in a joint statement, said those wishing to return to the UAE must have a valid residency visa and family in the UAE to be brought back to the country. Residents who meet these criteria can then apply for approval or permit. Click here for guide on how to apply for ICA approval

An ICA token number is needed in order to book the tickets on

On Wednesday (May 27), there were only five seats left on the Economy class of flight EK335. A one-way ticket costs $621.30. Business class tickets were still available for $1,463.30.

According to Emirates, there may be additional flights from Manila to Dubai in June, but this will be subject to UAE government approval.

Passengers will be subjected to a mandatory Covid-19 test on arrival, and 14-day quarantine at their own expense as well as a follow-up test.

Cabin baggage will not be accepted on the flights, and carry-on items will be limited to laptop, handbag, briefcase, or baby items. All other items will have to be checked in.

Passengers are advised to arrive at least four hours before departure to comply with health screening checks.

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Who can book a flight to the UAE?

Expatriates who wish to book a flight to the UAE must have a valid residence visa, a family in the UAE and approval from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA). They must get an ICA number through the Twajudi service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The ICA number will be required when booking a flight to the UAE.

How do I get an ICA number through Twajudi?

The Twajudi for Residents is available to expatriates with a valid residence visa but are currently outside the country due to the coronavirus pandemic and need to return to the UAE for urgent work or emergency.

To send your application, click here and follow instructions.

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What is expected of passengers on these flights?

Passengers must wear a face mask and hand gloves, while also observing social distancing rules.

What happens when I arrive in the UAE?

In Dubai, passengers will need to undergo mandatory Covid-19 test on arrival followed by a mandatory 14-day quarantine and follow up test before they are allowed to return to their homes. Quarantine facilities will be assigned. ICA/Expat Media

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