Stranded UAE citizens can now take flights back to Emirates

Already stuck overseas and keeping a valid residency visa, UAE nationals will now take flights to the country from 17 cities across Africa, Asia, Australia, the US, and Canada.

Flights from many cities to the UAE

Etihad flies Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, London, Brisbane, Sydney, Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo and Toronto inbound passenger services.

Since May 9 the Abu Dhabi-based airline has been conducting scheduled flights and will continue operating until May 30.

The dubai-based Emirates with their scheduled flights this week will also return to the sky. Beginning May 21 to June 30 UAE nationals and people can book flights from and to Chicago, Berlin, London Heathrow, Barcelona, Brisbane, Milan, Paris, Sydney and Toronto.

Lufthansa has confirmed scheduled flights to 106 destinations from June alongside UAE airlines. It plans to resume flight from 7 June on from Frankfurt-Dubai.

All these flights are subject to approval by the Government and removal of international travel restrictions.

Sources said the local airlines are unsure about the resumption of scheduled flights to the Indian subcontinent due to international travel bans for foreign airlines in India, Pakistan and other regional countries. However, the airlines are expecting that the situation will change to restore flights to the subcontinent on a smaller scale over the next month.


Local airlines said residents returning to the UAE are expected to possess a valid residency visa as well as a Federal Identity and Citizenship Authority (ICA) number to be approved for travel to the UAE.

Everyone can access the ICA number via email via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Twajudi service. At the time of booking for an inbound flight, the number must be issued to the UAE airlines.

On Arrival

The UAE airlines said there are stringent entry restrictions for passengers upon arrival at the airports. Passengers will have to undergo a compulsory Covid-19 check by Dubai Health Authority (DHA) on arrival at Dubai International Airport, followed by a compulsory 14-day quarantine and then a follow-up check before entry.

According to DHA, the private healthcare sector operates about 14 hotels as insulation and quarantine facilities in the emirate. Meanwhile, the authority maintains four hotels.

The incoming travelers will need to wear facial masks, hand gloves, and abide by laws of social space.

Etihad said in Abu Dhabi that all passengers must undergo thermal and diagnostic testing. Either this or PCR testing upon arrival in Abu Dhabi. They can isolate themselves for 14 days.

Additionally, passengers would wait at all queuing points on arrival aside from other visitors for two meters.

Source: khaleejtimes
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