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Airlines Updates

Published on 21.10.2020
Emirates NS21 South Africa operations as of 20OCT20

Published on 19.10.2020
Etihad Airways announces commercial passenger flights to, from Israel

15.10.2020 Emirates in this week’s schedule update further revised service for London, during winter 2020/21 season. Latest adjustment sees the airline delays planned Dubai – London Gatwick service resumption to 28MAR21, instead of 01DEC20.

The airline will continue to operate Dubai – London Heathrow route, 2 daily each A380 and 777-300ER.

EK007 DXB0310 – 0710LHR 77W D
EK001 DXB0745 – 1140LHR 388 D
EK029 DXB0940 – 1350LHR 77W D
EK003 DXB1430 – 1820LHR 388 D

EK008 LHR0910 – 2000DXB 77W D
EK002 LHR1340 – 0040+1DXB 388 D
EK030 LHR1750 – 0440+1DXB 77W D
EK004 LHR2020 – 0720+1DXB 388 D

Separately, the airline has reduced Airbus A380 operation on Dubai – Manchester route for winter season from 01DEC20. The A380 is now scheduled to operate 5 times per week, instead of 6, from 02DEC20. The airline schedules 10 weekly flights from 01DEC20 to 27MAR21.

15.10.2020 Air Arabia today (15OCT20) resumes service at Ras al Khaimah, as the airport reopened to scheduled passenger flights. Initially the airline will offering following routes, on board Airbus A320 aircraft.

Ras al Khaimah – Cairo eff 15OCT20 3 weekly
Ras al Khaimah – Dhaka eff 16OCT20 2 weekly
Ras al Khaimah – Islamabad eff 17OCT20 2 weekly
Ras al Khaimah – Lahore eff 15OCT20 2 weekly
Ras al Khaimah – Peshawar eff 16OCT20 2 weekly

Emirates in recent schedule update filed additional changes for Australia and New Zealand for Northern winter 2020/21 season, focusing on Sydney and Christchurch. Between 25OCT20 and 27MAR21, planned operation as follows.

Dubai – Sydney 4 weekly 777-300ER
EK414 DXB0200 – 2230SYD 77W x247
EK415 SYD2145 – 0515+1DXB 77W x135

Dubai – Sydney – Christchurch 1 weekly 777-300ER cancelled

15.10.2020 Etihad Airways in previous week’s schedule update removed Airbus A380 schedule listing, including all dates in 2021. The airline previously filed following A380 service for Northern summer 2021 season, from 28MAR21 to 30OCT21.

Abu Dhabi – London Heathrow
Abu Dhabi – New York JFK
Abu Dhabi – Paris CDG
Abu Dhabi – Seoul Incheon
Abu Dhabi – Sydney

As of 13OCT20, previously listed A380 service is now listed as Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

Published on 14.10.2020
Emirates NW20 Sydney / Christchurch operation changes as of 13OCT20

Published on 13.10.2020
Air Arabia Abu Dhabi begins Nepal service from mid-Oct 2020
Air Arabia will resume flights to Kyiv from 25 October
Emirates to resume commercial flights at King Shaka International Airport (Durban)
Emirates NS21 A380 operations as of 0800GMT 13OCT20
Etihad removes A380 schedule for all dates in early-Oct 2020

Published on 12.10.2020
Etihad Airways will temporarily suspend operations between Abu Dhabi and Belgrade until 25 November

Published on 07.10.2020
Etihad moves Vienna launch to March 2021
Emirates to resume Durban flights

Published on 06.10.2020
Emirates accelerates Lyon resumption to Nov 2020

02.10.2020 Etihad in this week’s schedule update extended revised listing into November 2020, as the airline continues to restore additional routes. As of 01OCT20, planned operation for the period of 01OCT20 – 30NOV20 as follows.

Note following routes is based on the airline’s list of destinations planned in October and November. Selected routes not mentioned below (such as Los Angeles, Vienna, Beijing) are still open for reservation, as of 01OCT20.

Additional changes remain possible, due to various travel restrictions.
Abu Dhabi – Ahmedabad eff 03OCT20 2 weekly 787-9 (A320/321 from 28OCT20)
Abu Dhabi – Amman 2 weekly A320/321 (1 daily from 25OCT20)
Abu Dhabi – Amsterdam 1 daily 787-10
Abu Dhabi – Athens 2 weekly 787-9
Abu Dhabi – Bahrain 1 daily A320/787-9
Abu Dhabi – Bangalore 3 weekly 787-9 (5 weekly 787-9/-10 from 25OCT20)
Abu Dhabi – Bangkok eff 05OCT20 1 daily 777-300ER
Abu Dhabi – Barcelona 4 weekly 787-9
Abu Dhabi – Belgrade 2 weekly A320
Abu Dhabi – Brussels 3 weekly 787-9
Abu Dhabi – Cairo 2 daily 787-9/A321
Abu Dhabi – Casablanca 787-9 operates on 03OCT20, 28NOV20, 29NOV20
Abu Dhabi – Chennai 1 weekly 787-10 (5 weekly from 27OCT20)
Abu Dhabi – Chicago O’Hare 5 weekly 787-9
Abu Dhabi – Colombo 3 weekly 787-9
Abu Dhabi – Dammam 3 weekly A320/321 (5 weekly from 27OCT20)
Abu Dhabi – Delhi 3 weekly 787-10 (6 weekly 787-9 from 25OCT20)
Abu Dhabi – Dhaka eff 07OCT20 2 weekly 777-300ER (schedule on/after 25OCT20 pending)
Abu Dhabi – Dublin 4 weekly 787-9
Abu Dhabi – Dusseldorf eff 25OCT20 1 daily 787-9
Abu Dhabi – Frankfurt 1 daily 777-300ER
Abu Dhabi – Geneva 3 weekly 787-9
Abu Dhabi – Hyderabad 1 weekly 787-9
Abu Dhabi – Islamabad 2 daily 787-9/A321
Abu Dhabi – Jakarta 1 daily 787-9
Abu Dhabi – Jeddah 3 weekly A320/321 (1 daily)
Abu Dhabi – Karachi 1 daily 787-9 (787-9/A321 from 25OCT20)
Abu Dhabi – Kochi 2 weekly 787-9
Abu Dhabi – Kuala Lumpur 1 daily 787-9
Abu Dhabi – Kuwait City 1 daily A320
Abu Dhabi – Lahore 2 daily 787-9/A321
Abu Dhabi – London Heathrow 2 daily 787-9/-10
Abu Dhabi – Madrid 4 weekly 787-9 (3 weekly from 10OCT20)
Abu Dhabi – Male 3 weekly A320
Abu Dhabi – Manchester 1 daily 787-9
Abu Dhabi – Manila 1 daily 777-300ER (787-9/777-300ER from 25OCT20)
Abu Dhabi – Melbourne 5 weekly 787-9
Abu Dhabi – Milan Malpensa 1 daily 787-10
Abu Dhabi – Minsk 2 weekly A320 (3 weekly from 27OCT20)
Abu Dhabi – Mumbai 3 weekly 777-300ER (1 daily 787-9/-10)
Abu Dhabi – Munich 4 weekly 787-9
Abu Dhabi – Muscat 2 weekly A320
Abu Dhabi – New York JFK 4 weekly 787-9
Abu Dhabi – Paris CDG 1 daily 777-300ER (787-10 from 25OCT20)
Abu Dhabi – Rabat 787-9 operated by 25NOV20 / 27NOV20
Abu Dhabi – Riyadh 3 weekly A320/321 (8 weekly from 25OCT20)
Abu Dhabi – Rome 2 weekly 787-9 (until 07OCT20)
Abu Dhabi – Seoul Incheon 1 daily 787-9
Abu Dhabi – Shanghai Pu Dong 1 weekly 777-300ER (schedule on/after 25OCT20 pending)
Abu Dhabi – Singapore 3 weekly 787-9
Abu Dhabi – Sydney 5 weekly 787-9
Abu Dhabi – Thiruvananthapuram 1 weekly A320
Abu Dhabi – Tokyo Narita 3 weekly 787-9
Abu Dhabi – Toronto 3 weekly 787-9
Abu Dhabi – Washington Dulles 787-9 operates on 04OCT20
Abu Dhabi – Zurich 4 weekly 787-9 (3 weekly from 25OCT20)

Published on 30.09.2020
Air Arabia Abu Dhabi adds Chittagong service from mid-Oct 2020

29.09.2020 Emirates in the last 24 hours continue to file adjust operational network for Northern winter 2020/21 season, from 25OCT20 to 27MAR21. As of 1100GMT 24SEP20, the airline has removed Dallas/Ft. Worth, Edinburgh, London Stansted, Mexico City, Newcastle, St. Petersburg, San Francisco and Tokyo Haneda from its winter schedule. These destinations are expected to resume as early as 28MAR21.

Latest adjustment as follows. Further changes remain likely.

Dubai – Baghdad Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly, 777-300ER operating (Previous plan: 7 weekly from 01DEC20)
Dubai – Bangkok eff 01DEC20 Service resumption, nonstop terminator service reduces from 21 to 4 weekly, 777-300ER replaces A380 (Previous plan: 1 daily A380)
Dubai – Barcelona Nonstop terminator sector 14 weekly A380/777-300ER to 3 weekly 777-300ER (4 weekly instead of 7 from 01DEC20)
Dubai – Barcelona – Mexico City Service cancelled in NW20 (Previous plan: service resumes 01DEC20)
Dubai – Basra Reduce from 5 to 3 weekly, 777-300ER operating (Previous plan: 5 weekly from 01DEC20)
Dubai – Beijing Capital eff 01JAN21 Service resumption, reduce from 14 to 1 weekly. 777-300ER replaces A380 (Previous plan: 1 daily)
Dubai – Bologna Reduce from 7 to 3 weekly, 777-300ER operating (Previous plan: 4 weekly)
Dubai – Budapest Reduce from 7 to 3 weekly, 777-300ER operating (Previous plan: 4 weekly from 01DEC20)
Dubai – Cape Town Reduce from 14 to 3 weekly (4 weekly instead of 7 from 01DEC20), 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Cebu – Clark – Dubai Reduce from 7 to 2 weekly, 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Clark Nonstop terminator service maintained on/after 25OCT20, 5 weekly 777-300ER
Dubai – Dallas/Ft. Worth Service cancelled in NW20 (Previous plan: reduce from 7 to 4 weekly, 6 weekly from 01DEC20)
Dubai – Dublin Reduce from 14 to 4 weekly, 777-300ER operating (Previous plan: 7 weekly from 01DEC20)
Dubai – Durban Nonstop sector cancelled in NW20, service will operate via Johannesburg (see separate routing below; Previous plan: reduce from 7 to 4 weekly)
Dubai – Dusseldorf Reduce from 14 weekly A380 to 3 weekly 777-300ER (4 weekly from 10DEC20; Previous plan: 5 weekly)
Dubai – Edinburgh Service cancelled in NW20 (Previous plan: 1 daily 777-300ER from 01DEC20)
Dubai – Frankfurt 777-300ER replaces 777/A380 for entire winter season. Reduce from 21 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 12 weekly
eff 01DEC20 13 weekly (Previous plan: 14 weekly)

Dubai – Guangzhou Reduce from 7 to 2 weekly, A380 operating (Previous plan: 7 weekly)
Dubai – Hamburg Reduce from 14 weekly A380/777-300ER to 2 weekly 777-300ER (3 weekly from 23NOV20, 4 from 04DEC20; Previous plan: 4 weekly in Nov)
Dubai – Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen eff 02DEC20 Reservation restored, reduce from 7 to 4 weekly, 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Jakarta Reduce from 14 to 6 weekly (11 weekly instead of 10 from 01DEC20), 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Johannesburg – Durban – Dubai New triangle routing, 3 weekly 777-300ER (Overall service for Johannesburg becomes 10 weekly instead of 7)
EK775 DXB0440 – 1055JNB1235 – 1345DUR1515 – 0135+1DXB 77W 467

Dubai – Karachi Reduce from 5 to 3 daily, 777-300ER operating
Dubai – London Stansted Service cancelled in NW20 (Previous plan: reduce from 14 to 5 weekly from 02DEC20)
Overall service for London reduced from 77 weekly (11 daily) to 28 weekly in November, 35 weekly instead of 40 from 01DEC20.

Dubai – Lyon eff 02DEC20 Reduce from 7 to 3 weekly, 777-300ER operating (Previous plan: 4 weekly)
Dubai – Manchester Reduce from 21 weekly A380 to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 8 weekly 777-300ER
eff 01DEC20 10 weekly 777-300ER/A380 (A380 operates 6 weekly; Previous plan: 14 weekly)

Dubai – Mauritius Reduce from 14 weekly A380 to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 2 weekly 777-300ER (EK703/704; Previous plan: 4 weekly)
eff 01DEC20 7 weekly 777-300ER (EK701/702)

Dubai – Milan Malpensa
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 EK205/206 operating, 7 weekly 777-300ER
eff 01DEC20 EK091/092 reduces from 7 to 3 weekly, 777-300ER replaces A380 (Previous plan: 4 weekly; Overall Milan service reduces from 21 to 8 weekly instead of 10)

Dubai – Milan Malpensa – New York JFK (EK205/206) eff 01DEC20 Service resumption, reduce from 7 to 5 weekly, 777-200LR replaces -300ER (Previous plan: 7 weekly)
Dubai – Munich Reduce from 21 weekly A380 to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 4 weekly 777-300ER
eff 01DEC20 6 weekly 777-300ER/A380 (A380 operates 2 weekly; Previous plan: 7 weekly incl. 3 weekly with A380)

Dubai – Newcastle Service cancelled in NW20 (Previous plan: reduce from 7 to 5 weekly from 02DEC20)
Dubai – Rome Reduce from 14 weekly A380 to 3 weekly 777-300ER (4 weekly instead of 7 from 01DEC20)
Dubai – St. Petersburg Service cancelled in NW20 (Previously 7 weekly flights restored and available for reservation)
Dubai – San Francisco Service cancelled in NW20 (Previous plan: reduce from 7 weekly A380 to 3 weekly 777-200LR, 5 weekly from 01DEC20)
Dubai – Shanghai Pu Dong Reduce from 2 daily A380 to 1 weekly 777-300ER (2 weekly from 07JAN21; Previous plan: 1 daily)
Dubai – Tokyo Haneda Service cancelled in NW20 (Previous plan: 7 weekly)

Previously reported adjustment:
Dubai – Abuja Reduce from 7 to 3 weekly, 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Accra – Abidjan Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly, 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Adelaide 1 daily service cancelled permanently
Dubai – Addis Ababa Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly, 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Ahmedabad Reduce from 9 to 7 weekly, 777-200LR operating
Dubai – Algiers Reduce from 7 to 3 weekly, 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Amman Reduce from 21 to 10 weekly, 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Amsterdam Reduce from 19 weekly 777-300ER/A380 to 7 weekly 777-300ER
Dubai – Athens 25OCT20 – 30NOV20 Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly, 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Athens – Newark eff 02DEC20 Athens – Newark sector resumes, reduce from 7 to 4 weekly, 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Auckland eff 03JAN21 Nonstop sector service resumption, reduce from 7 weekly A380 to 4 weekly 777-200LR
Dubai – Bahrain Reduce from 4 to 2 daily, 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Bangalore Reduce from 24 to 14 weekly, 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Bangkok – Hong Kong 777-300ER replaces A380, 1 daily
Dubai – Bangkok – Phnom Penh 1 daily 777-300ER cancelled
Dubai – Beirut Reduce from 3 to 2 daily, 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Birmingham Reduce from 14 weekly A380 to 4 weekly 777-300ER
Dubai – Boston Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly, 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Brisbane Reduce from 14 to 2 weekly, 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Brussels Reduce from 14 to 5 weekly, 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Cairo Reduce from 25 weekly to following, 777-300ER/A380 operating (A380 operates 4 weekly)
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 17 weekly
01DEC20 – 31JAN21 21 weekly
eff 01FEB21 Service returns to 25 weekly, instead of 01DEC20

Dubai – Casablanca Reduce from 7 weekly A380 to 3 weekly 777-300ER (5 weekly from 02DEC20)
Dubai – Chennai Reduce from 21 to 8 weekly (14 weekly from 01JAN21), 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Chicago O’Hare Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly, 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Colombo Reduce from 21 to 4 weekly (8 weekly from 01DEC20, 14 from 01FEB20). 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Conakry – Dakar – Dubai Reduce from 5 to 2 weekly, 777-300ER operating (1 of 2 weekly operates in opposite direction)
Dubai – Copenhagen Reduce from 7 weekly A380 to 5 weekly 777-300ER
Dubai – Dammam Reduce from 4 to 1 daily, 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Dar es Salaam Reduce from 7 to 3 weekly, 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Delhi Reduce from 4 to 2 daily, 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Denpasar eff 02JAN21 Service resumption, reduce from 7 to 4 weekly, 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Denpasar – Auckland Service cancelled in NW20. Denpasar – Auckland sector remains cancelled in NS21
Dubai – Dhaka Reduce from 28 to 10 weekly, 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Entebbe Reduce from 7 to 3 weekly, 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Fort Lauderdale 4 weekly service cancelled permanently
Dubai – Geneva Reduce from 14 to 3 weekly (4 weekly from 01DEC20), 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Glasgow Reduce from 14 weekly A380/777-300ER to 4 weekly 777-300ER
Dubai – Hanoi Reduce from 7 to 3 weekly, 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Ho Chi Minh City Reduce from 14 to 3 weekly, 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Hong Kong Nonstop terminator service cancelled in NW20
Dubai – Houston Reduce from 7 weekly 777-300ER to 3 weekly -200LR
Dubai – Hyderabad Reduce from 21 to 8 weekly (14 weekly from 31DEC20), 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Islamabad 10 weekly 777-300ER
Dubai – Istanbul eff 01DEC20 Service resumption, reduce from 11 to 7 weekly, 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Jeddah Reduce from 3 daily A380 to 1 daily 777-300ER (2 daily A380 from 01DEC20)
Dubai – Johannesburg Reduce from 28 weekly 777-300ER/A380 to 7 weekly 777-300ER
Dubai – Kabul 1 daily 777-300ER
Dubai – Khartoum Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly, 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Kochi 25OCT20 – 31DEC20 Reduce from 14 to 8 weekly, 777-200LR/-300ER operating
Dubai – Kolkata Reduce from 11 to 3 weekly (7 weekly from 01JAN21), 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Kuala Lumpur Reduce from 21 weekly A380 to 5 weekly 777-300ER
Dubai – Kuala Lumpur – Auckland 4 weekly 777-300ER until 31DEC20 (No traffic rights for Kuala Lumpur on EK448/449)
Dubai – Kuwait City Reduce from 6 to 2 daily (3 daily from 01DEC20), 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Lagos Reduce from 14 to 4 weekly (5 weekly from 03FEB21), 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Lahore 10 weekly 777-300ER
Dubai – Larnaca – Malta Larnaca – Malta sector cancelled permanently. Dubai – Larnaca sector reduced from 7 to 4 weekly for entire winter season
Dubai – Lisbon Reduce from 14 to 3 weekly (5 weekly from 02DEC20), 777-300ER operating
Dubai – London Gatwick eff 01DEC20 Service resumption, reduce from 3 daily A380 to 1 daily 777-300ER
Dubai – London Heathrow Reduce from 6 to 4 daily. 777-300ER/A380 operating. A380 to operate following flights:
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 EK003/004, EK001/002
eff 01DEC20 EK003/004, EK001/002, EK007/008

Dubai – Los Angeles Reduce from 7 weekly A380 to 4 weekly 777-300ER
Dubai – Luanda Reduce from 7 weekly 777-300ER to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 2 weekly 777-300ER
eff 01DEC20 3 weekly 777-200LR

Dubai – Lusaka – Harare Reduce from 7 to 3 weekly, 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Madinah Service cancelled in NW20
Dubai – Madrid Reduce from 14 weekly A380 to 4 weekly 777-300ER
Dubai – Mahe Island Reduce from 14 to 5 weekly, 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Male Nonstop terminator service reduces from 2 to 1 daily, 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Male – Colombo 1 daily service cancelled in NW20
Dubai – Manila Reduce from 18 to 7 weekly (14 weekly from 01DEC20), 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Melbourne Nonstop terminator service reduces from 14 weekly A380 to 3 weekly 777-300ER
Dubai – Moscow Domodedovo Reduce from 14 to 2 weekly, A380 operating
Dubai – Mumbai Reduce from 5 to 2 daily, 777-300ER operating (A380 removed in W20)
Dubai – Muscat Reduce from 3 to 1 daily, 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Newark 1 daily nonstop service cancelled permanently
Dubai – New York JFK Nonstop sector reduces from 2 daily A380 to 1 daily 777-300ER
Dubai – Nice eff 02DEC20 Service resumption, reduce from 7 weekly A380 to 3 weekly 777-300ER
Dubai – Orlando Service cancelled until 01JUN21
Dubai – Osaka Kansai Reduce from 7 weekly A380 to 4 weekly 777-300ER
Dubai – Oslo Reduce from 7 to 2 weekly (3 weekly from 26NOV20), 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Paris CDG Reduce from 3 to 2 daily. EK075/076 777-300ER replaces A380
Dubai – Perth Reduce from 7 weekly A380 to 2 weekly 777-300ER
Dubai – Peshawar 5 weekly 777-300ER
Dubai – Phuket Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly, 777-300ER operating (Originally scheduled as 14 weekly from 01DEC20, part of routing seasonal increase)
Dubai – Porto 4 weekly service cancelled in NW20
Dubai – Prague Reduce from 7 weekly A380 to 3 weekly 777-300ER
Dubai – Rio de Janeiro Galeao – Buenos Aires Ezeiza 4 weekly 777-300ER service cancelled permanently
Dubai – Rio de Janeiro Galeao – Santiago de Chile 3 weekly 777-300ER service cancelled permanently
Dubai – Riyadh Reduce from 3 to 2 daily, 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Sao Paulo Guarulhos Reduce from 7 weekly A380 to 3 weekly 777-300ER (4 weekly from 27JAN21)
Dubai – Seattle eff 01DEC20 Service resumption, reduce from 7 weekly 777-300ER to 3 weekly -200LR
Dubai – Seoul Incheon Reduce from 7 weekly A380 to 6 weekly 777-300ER

Dubai – Sialkot 7 weekly 777-300ER
Dubai – Singapore Nonstop terminator service reduces from 21 weekly A380/777-300ER to 5 weekly 777-300ER
Dubai – Singapore – Melbourne 1 daily service remains closed for reservation
Dubai – Stockholm Arlanda Reduce from 7 weekly to 4 weekly, 777-300ER operating (Originally scheduled as 11 weekly from 02DEC20, part of routine seasonal increase)
Dubai – Sydney Nonstop terminator service reduces from 7 weekly A380 to 5 weekly 777-300ER
Dubai – Sydney – Christchurch Reduce from 7 to 1 weekly, 777-300ER replaces A380
Dubai – Taipei Taoyuan Reduce from 7 weekly A380 to 4 weekly 777-300ER
Dubai – Tehran Imam Khomeini Reduce from 14 to 7 weekly, 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Thiruvananthapuram 7 weekly 777-300ER
Dubai – Tokyo Narita 25OCT20 – 30NOV20 Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly. 777-300ER replaces A380 for entire winter season
Dubai – Toronto 5 weekly 777-300ER, replacing A380
Dubai – Tunis Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly, 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Venice Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly, 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Vienna Reduce from 14 weekly A380 to 4 weekly 777-300ER (5th weekly with A380 from 07DEC20)
Dubai – Warsaw Reduce from 7 to 3 weekly, 777-300ER operating
Dubai – Washington Dulles Reduce from 7 weekly A380 to 4 weekly 777-300ER
Dubai – Zurich Reduce from 14 weekly A380 to 5 weekly 777-300ER

29.09.2020 flydubai this month gradually filed service reduction for the first half of Northern winter 2020/21 season, from 25OCT20 to 31DEC20. Planned service reductions, based on comparison of OAG schedules 02AUG20 vs 27SEP20, as follows.

Additional changes remain highly possible.

Dubai – Abha Reduce from 14 to 7 weekly
Dubai – Alexandria Borg el Arab Reduce from 10 to 7 weekly
Dubai – Amman Reduce from 14 to 7 weekly
Dubai – Ashgabat Reduce from 7 to 3 weekly
Dubai – Asmara Reduce from 4 to 3 weekly
Dubai – Baghdad Reduce from 11 to 4 weekly
Dubai – Bahrain Reduce from 35 to 14 weekly
Dubai – Baku Reduce from 21 to 7 weekly
Dubai – Basra Reduce from 9 to 7 weekly
Dubai – Beirut Reduce from 14 to 7 weekly
Dubai – Belgrade Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly
Dubai – Bucharest Reduce from 14 to 7 weekly
Dubai – Colombo Reduce from 14 to 7 weekly
Dubai – Dammam Reduce from 28 to 14 weekly
Dubai – Djibouti Reduce from 5 to 3 weekly
Dubai – Erbil Reduce from 10 to 4 weekly
Dubai – Gassim Reduce from 14 to 7 weekly
Dubai – Hofuf Reduce from 3 to 2 weekly
Dubai – Isfahan Reduce from 3 to 2 weekly
Dubai – Jazan Reduce from 4 to 3 weekly
Dubai – Jeddah Reduce from 21 to 14 weekly
Dubai – Juba Reduce from 4 to 3 weekly
Dubai – Kabul Reduce from 28 to 21 weekly
Dubai – Karachi Reduce from 28 to 14 weekly
Dubai – Kazan Reduce from 4 to 3 weekly
Dubai – Khartoum Reduce from 9 to 7 weekly
Dubai – Kuwait City Reduce from 56 to 7 weekly
Dubai – Madinah Reduce from 14 to 7 weekly
Dubai – Muscat Reduce from 35 to 21 weekly
Dubai – Najaf Reduce from 7 to 2 weekly
Dubai – Odessa Reduce from 3 to 2 weekly
Dubai – Quetta Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly
Dubai – Salalah Reduce from 11 to 5 weekly
Dubai – Samara Reduce from 3 to 2 weekly
Dubai – Sarajevo Reduce from 4 to 3 weekly
Dubai – Sialkot Reduce from 11 to 7 weekly
Dubai – Sofia Reduce from 5 to 3 weekly
Dubai – Taif Reduce from 10 to 5 weekly
Dubai – Tbilisi Reduce from 14 to 7 weekly
Dubai – Yangon – Krabi Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly
Dubai – Yerevan Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly
Dubai – Zanzibar – Dar es Salaam Reduce from 8 to 5 weekly

Following route sees frequency increase for entire winter season:
Dubai – Nur-Sultan Increase from 5 to 7 weekly

Following routes cancelled during winter season:
Dubai – Catania
Dubai – Naples
Dubai – Port Sudan – Khartoum – Dubai

Published on 28.09.2020
Emirates NW20 A380 operations as of 25SEP20
Emirates restarts flights to Muscat and Entebbe
Flydubai Nov/Dec 2020 frequency changes as of 27SEP20

Published on 26.09.2020
Wizz Air 4Q20 new routes launch revision as of 25SEP20
Wizz Air Abu Dhabi moves service launch to mid-Nov 2020

Published on 25.09.2020
Emirates to resume flights to Mauritius, South Africa and Zimbabwe from 1 October

Emirates in the last 48 – 72 hours further filed schedule changes for Northern winter 2020/21 season. Latest adjustment as of 2100GMT 05SEP20 sees additional service reduction, including previously planned reduction in November being expanded to entire winter season.

Further changes remain highly possible. Due to various travel restrictions, selected routes to Australia and New Zealand currently displaying restrictions on reservations.

Dubai – Abuja Reduce from 7 to 3 weekly
Dubai – Accra – Abidjan Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly
Dubai – Adelaide 1 daily service cancelled (this route will not be resumed from 28MAR21)
Dubai – Addis Ababa 25OCT20 – 29NOV20 Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly
Dubai – Ahmedabad 9 weekly
Dubai – Algiers Reduce from 7 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 3 weekly
eff 01DEC20 4 weekly

Dubai – Amman 25OCT20 – 30NOV20 Reduce from 3 to 2 daily
Dubai – Amsterdam Reduce from 19 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 7 weekly
eff 01DEC20 12 weekly (Previous plan: 14 weekly)

Dubai – Athens – Newark 1 daily
Dubai – Baghdad 25OCT20 – 30NOV20 Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly
Dubai – Bahrain 25OCT20 – 30NOV20 Reduce from 4 to 2 daily
Dubai – Bangalore Reduce from 24 to 14 weekly
Dubai – Bangkok Nonstop terminator service adjustment
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 Cancelled
eff 01DEC20 Reduce from 4 to 1 daily

Dubai – Bangkok – Hong Kong 1 daily
Dubai – Bangkok – Phnom Penh 1 daily 777-300ER cancelled
Dubai – Barcelona Nonstop terminator sector reduces from 9 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 3 weekly
eff 01DEC20 7 weekly

Dubai – Barcelona – Mexico City 25OCT20 – 30NOV20 1 daily 777-200LR cancelled (Service on/after 01DEC20 remains available for reservation as of 06SEP20)
Dubai – Basra 25OCT20 – 30NOV20 Reduce from 5 to 3 weekly
Dubai – Beijing Capital 2 daily (tentative schedule)
Dubai – Beirut 3 daily
Dubai – Birmingham Reduce from 14 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 4 weekly
eff 01DEC20 7 weekly

Dubai – Bologna Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly
Dubai – Boston Reduce from 7 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 27NOV20 4 weekly
eff 28NOV20 6 weekly

Dubai – Brisbane Reduce from 14 to 2 weekly
Dubai – Brussels Reduce from 14 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 26NOV20 5 weekly
eff 27NOV20 7 weekly

Dubai – Budapest Reduce from 7 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 3 weekly
eff 01DEC20 4 weekly

Dubai – Cairo Reduce from 25 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 17 weekly
eff 01DEC20 21 weekly

Dubai – Cape Town Reduce from 14 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 3 weekly
eff 01DEC20 7 weekly

Dubai – Casablanca Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly
Dubai – Cebu – Clark – Dubai 1 daily
Dubai – Chennai Reduce from 21 to 14 weekly
Dubai – Chicago O’Hare Reduce from 7 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 5 weekly
eff 01DEC20 6 weekly

Dubai – Colombo Reduce from 3 daily to following
25OCT20 – 31JAN21 8 weekly (Previous plan: 14 weekly)
eff 01FEB21 2 daily

Dubai – Conakry – Dakar – Dubai Reduce from 5 to 2 weekly
Dubai – Copenhagen Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly
Dubai – Dallas/Ft. Worth Reduce from 7 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 4 weekly
eff 01DEC20 6 weekly

Dubai – Dammam 25OCT20 – 31DEC20 Reduce from 4 to 2 daily
Dubai – Dar es Salaam Reduce from 7 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 3 weekly
eff 01DEC20 5 weekly

Dubai – Delhi Reduce from 4 daily to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 2 daily
eff 01DEC20 3 daily

Dubai – Denpasar Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly
Dubai – Denpasar – Auckland Service cancelled in NW20. Denpasar – Auckland sector remains cancelled in NS21
Dubai – Dhaka Reduce from 4 daily to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 2 daily
eff 01DEC20 3 daily

Dubai – Dublin Reduce from 14 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 4 weekly
eff 01DEC20 7 weekly

Dubai – Durban Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly
Dubai – Dusseldorf Reduce from 14 to 5 weekly
Dubai – Edinburgh 25OCT20 – 30NOV20 1 daily service remains cancelled
Dubai – Entebbe Reduce from 7 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 4 weekly
eff 01DEC20 5 weekly

Dubai – Fort Lauderdale 4 weekly 777-200LR service cancelled permanently
Dubai – Frankfurt Reduce from 21 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 26NOV20 12 weekly
eff 27NOV20 14 weekly

Dubai – Geneva Reduce from 14 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 3 weekly
eff 01DEC20 5 weekly

Dubai – Glasgow Service reduction in effect until 31DEC20, reduce from 14 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 26NOV20 4 weekly
27NOV20 – 31DEC20 7 weekly

Dubai – Guangzhou 1 daily (tentative schedule)
Dubai – Hamburg Reduce from 14 to 4 weekly
Dubai – Hanoi Reduce from 7 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 3 weekly
eff 01DEC20 4 weekly

Dubai – Ho Chi Minh City Reduce from 14 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 3 weekly
eff 01DEC20 5 weekly (Previous plan: 7 weekly)

Dubai – Hong Kong
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 Nonstop sector service remains cancelled
eff 01DEC20 Nonstop sector reduced from 3 to 1 daily (Previous plan: 2 daily)

Dubai – Houston Reduce from 7 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 3 weekly
eff 01DEC20 5 weekly

Dubai – Hyderabad Reduce from 3 to 2 daily
Dubai – Islamabad 10 weekly
Dubai – Istanbul 11 weekly
Dubai – Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly
Dubai – Jakarta Reduce from 14 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 6 weekly
eff 01DEC20 10 weekly

Dubai – Jeddah 25OCT20 – 30NOV20 Reduce from 3 to 2 daily
Dubai – Johannesburg Reduce from 4 daily to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 1 daily
eff 01DEC20 2 daily

Dubai – Kabul 1 daily
Dubai – Karachi Reduce from 5 daily to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 3 daily
eff 01DEC20 4 daily

Dubai – Khartoum 25OCT20 – 28NOV20 Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly
Dubai – Kochi 2 daily
Dubai – Kolkata Reduce from 11 to 7 weekly
Dubai – Kuala Lumpur Reduce from 21 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 5 weekly
eff 01DEC20 8 weekly (Previous plan: 14 weekly)

Dubai – Kuala Lumpur – Auckland Service operates 4 weekly with 777-300ER (Previous plan Nonstop 7 weekly). This routing will operate entire Northern winter season (No traffic rights for Kuala Lumpur on EK448/449)
Dubai – Kuwait City 25OCT20 – 30NOV20 Reduce from 6 to 4 daily
Dubai – Lagos Reduce from 14 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 30JAN21 4 weekly
eff 31JAN21 7 weekly

Dubai – Lahore 10 weekly
Dubai – Larnaca – Malta Larnaca – Malta sector cancelled permanently. Dubai – Larnaca sector reduced from 7 to 4 weekly for entire winter season
Dubai – Lisbon Reduce from 14 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 3 weekly
eff 01DEC20 7 weekly

Dubai – London Gatwick Reduce from 3 to 1 daily
Dubai – London Heathrow Reduce from 6 to 4 daily
Dubai – London Stansted
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 Service remains cancelled
eff 01DEC20 Reduce from 14 to 5 weekly

Overall service for London reduced from 77 weekly (11 daily) to 35 weekly in November, 40 weekly from 01DEC20.

Dubai – Los Angeles Reduce from 7 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 01DEC20 4 weekly
eff 02DEC20 5 weekly

Dubai – Luanda Reduce from 7 to 3 weekly
Dubai – Lusaka – Harare Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly
Dubai – Lyon
25OCT20 – 01DEC20 Service remains cancelled
eff 02DEC20 Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly

Dubai – Madinah Reduce from 14 to 4 weekly
Dubai – Madrid Reduce from 14 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 4 weekly
eff 01DEC20 6 weekly (Previous plan: 7 weekly)

Dubai – Mahe Island Reduce from 14 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 25NOV20 5 weekly
eff 26NOV20 7 weekly

Dubai – Male Nonstop terminator service reduces from 2 to 1 daily
Dubai – Male – Colombo 1 daily service cancelled in NW20
Dubai – Manchester Reduce from 21 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 6 weekly
eff 01DEC20 14 weekly

Dubai – Manila Reduce from 18 to 14 weekly
Dubai – Mauritius Reduce from 14 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 27NOV20 4 weekly
eff 28NOV20 7 weekly

Dubai – Melbourne Nonstop terminator service reduces from 14 to 3 weekly
Dubai – Milan Malpensa
25OCT20 – 01DEC20 Service remains cancelled
eff 02DEC20 Reduce from 14 to 4 weekly

Dubai – Milan Malpensa – New York JFK 1 daily (777-300ER)
Dubai – Moscow Domodedovo Reduce from 2 to 1 daily
Dubai – Mumbai Reduce from 5 daily to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 2 daily
eff 01DEC20 3 daily

Dubai – Munich Reduce from 21 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 4 weekly
eff 01DEC20 7 weekly

Dubai – Muscat Reduce from 3 to 1 daily
Dubai – Newark 1 daily cancelled in NW20
Dubai – Newcastle
25OCT20 – 01DEC20 Service remains cancelled
eff 02DEC20 Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly

Dubai – New York JFK Nonstop sector reduces from 2 to 1 daily
Dubai – Nice
25OCT20 – 01DEC20 Service remains cancelled
eff 02DEC20 Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly

Dubai – Orlando
25OCT20 – 31DEC20 Service remains cancelled
eff 01JAN21 5 weekly

Dubai – Osaka Kansai Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly (Previous plan: 5 weekly in November)
Dubai – Oslo Reduce from 7 to 3 weekly
Dubai – Paris CDG Reduce from 3 to 2 daily
Dubai – Perth Reduce from 7 to 2 weekly
Dubai – Peshawar 5 weekly
Dubai – Phuket
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly
eff 01DEC20 Reduce from 14 to 4 weekly (Previous plan: 7 weekly)

Dubai – Porto 4 weekly service cancelled in NW20
Dubai – Prague Reduce from 7 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 3 weekly
eff 01DEC20 5 weekly

Dubai – Rio de Janeiro Galeao – Buenos Aires Ezeiza 4 weekly 777-300ER service cancelled permanently
Dubai – Rio de Janeiro Galeao – Santiago de Chile 3 weekly 777-300ER service cancelled permanently
Dubai – Riyadh 25OCT20 – 30NOV20 Reduce from 3 to 2 daily
Dubai – Rome Reduce from 14 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 4 weekly
eff 01DEC20 7 weekly

Dubai – St. Petersburg 1 daily (Previously reported on Airlineroute, reservation re-opened for winter season)
Dubai – San Francisco Reduce from 7 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 3 weekly
eff 01DEC20 5 weekly

Dubai – Sao Paulo Guarulhos Reduce from 7 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 3 weekly
eff 01DEC20 4 weekly

Dubai – Seattle Reduce from 7 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 3 weekly
eff 01DEC20 6 weekly

Dubai – Seoul Incheon Reduce from 7 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 27JAN21 5 weekly
eff 28JAN21 6 weekly

Dubai – Shanghai Pu Dong 2 daily (tentative schedule)
Dubai – Sialkot 7 weekly

Dubai – Singapore 25OCT20 – 30NOV20 Nonstop terminator service reduces from 21 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 5 weekly
eff 01DEC20 8 weekly (Previous plan: 14 weekly)

Dubai – Singapore – Melbourne Reservation for 1 daily service closed for all dates, including all dates in 2021
Dubai – Stockholm Arlanda
25OCT20 – 01DEC20 Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly
eff 02DEC20 Reduce from 11 to 5 weekly

Dubai – Sydney Nonstop terminator service reduces from 14 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 29NOV20 4 weekly
eff 30NOV20 7 weekly

Dubai – Sydney – Christchurch 1 daily
Dubai – Taipei Taoyuan 25OCT20 – 30NOV20 Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly
Dubai – Tehran Imam Khomeini Reduce from 14 to 11 weekly (based on available flights for reservation)
Dubai – Thiruvananthapuram 7 weekly
Dubai – Tokyo Haneda 7 weekly
Dubai – Tokyo Narita 25OCT20 – 30NOV20 Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly
Dubai – Toronto 5 weekly
Dubai – Tunis Reduce from 7 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 4 weekly
eff 01DEC20 5 weekly

Dubai – Venice Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly
Dubai – Vienna Reduce from 14 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 4 weekly
eff 01DEC20 5 weekly (Previous plan: 7 weekly)

Dubai – Warsaw 25OCT20 – 30NOV20 Reduce from 7 to 3 weekly
Dubai – Washington Dulles Reduce from 7 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 3 weekly
eff 01DEC20 5 weekly

Dubai – Zurich Reduce from 14 weekly to following
25OCT20 – 30NOV20 5 weekly
eff 01DEC20 7 weekly

Published on 09.09.2020
Etihad Sep 2020 operations as of 08SEP20

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Full Restrictions
Open for travel from United Arab Emirates
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers are not permitted to enter the United Arab Emirates.
  • This does not apply to the following passengers, provided they hold a special form of their itinerary and have downloaded and activated the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention’s ALHOSN app on their mobile phones:
    • Nationals of the United Arab Emirates,
    • Residents of the United Arab Emirates,
    • Passengers entering the United Arab Emirates through Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), Dubai International Airport (DXB) or Dubai Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC),
    • Crew members,
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Flight Restrictions

published 26.10.2020

Entry restrictions
Passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to domestic helpers who are traveling with the sponsor or with the first degree family members of the sponsor.
– This does not apply to passengers traveling as tourists to Dubai (DXB) or Sharjah (SHJ) with a return/onward ticket.
– This does not apply to passengers arriving at Abu Dhabi (AUH) with a resident visa.

Passengers traveling as tourists arriving at Dubai (DXB) or Sharjah (SHJ) must have health insurance.

Passengers arriving at Dubai (DXB):
– are subject to medical screening, and
– must present a completed self-declaration health form, and
– must download and register the COVID-19 DXB Smart App.

Passengers entering Al Maktoum (DWC) or Dubai (DXB) must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 96 hours before departure. The certificate must be issued by an approved lab listed on screening.purehealth.ae or a lab accredited by the departure country.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 12 years.
– This does not apply to passengers with disabilities.

Passengers entering or transiting Abu Dhabi (AUH) or Sharjah (SHJ) must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 96 hours before departure. The certificate must be issued by an approved lab listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a lab accredited by the departure country.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 12 years.
– This does not apply to passengers with disabilities.

Passengers entering Al Maktoum (DWC), Dubai (DXB) or Sharjah (SHJ) could be subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test and quarantine.

Suspension of all visa on arrival facilities at Abu Dhabi (AUH).

Passengers arriving at Sharjah (SHJ) must download the ALHOSN App.

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Quarantine

published 26.10.2020

Quarantine is possible
Passengers entering Al Maktoum (DWC), Dubai (DXB) or Sharjah (SHJ) could be subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test and quarantine.

Passengers and airline crew arriving at Abu Dhabi (AUH) could be subject to medical screening and quarantine.

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

With effect from 1 August, all travellers to the UAE must have carried out a COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test within 96 hours and received a negative result prior to their departure. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted. The test result is required for travellers from all countries arriving at all airports in the UAE. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation.
Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours

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Vaccination

Yellow fever (2019)
Country requirement at entry: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged 9 months
or over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited for
more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

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Full Restrictions

  • United Arab Emirates Latest News: Ras Al Khaimah International Airport will resume scheduled passenger flights from 15 October (Gulf Business News, 13.10.2020). Authorities reopen all seven regions to foreign visitors (Reuters, 24.09.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Ras Al Khaimah International Airport (RAK airport) has announced that it will resume scheduled passenger flights from Thursday15 October. The United Arab Emirates resumed issuing visas to foreign visitors to all seven of its regions as of Thursday 24 September. The UAE authorities have stated that with effect from 11 August, all citizens, returning residents, transit passengers and tourists have to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test in the country they are currently in and have proof of a negative result before travelling to the UAE. The test must be a PCR swab test. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted. The test must have been carried out within 96 hours of departure. The test result is required for travellers from all countries arriving at all airports in the UAE. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation.
    **Entry to the United Arab Emirates other than Dubai: Some foreign residents are being allowed to return to the UAE based on criteria set by the UAE authorities. Visit and tourist visas are not currently being issued by the Abu Dhabi authorities at Abu Dhabi airport. Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours. All arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for 14 days on arrival. The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority announced on 12 August that, apart from Dubai, there is no longer a requirement for residents who wish to return to the UAE to get permission to travel. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website.
    **Dubai residents returning to or leaving Dubai: All passengers travelling to Dubai from any destination, including passengers connecting in Dubai, must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate to be accepted on the flight. The test must be taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure. The certificate must be for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab test. Other test certificates including antibody tests and home testing kits are not accepted in Dubai. Bring an official, printed certificate to check-in – SMS and digital certificates are not accepted. Without a printed negative test certificate, you will not be accepted on the flight. Children under the age of 12 and passengers who have a moderate or severe disability are exempt from this test.
    The government of Dubai announced new procedures on 21 June for returning residents. Dubai residents overseas will be able to return to the Dubai from 22 June and Dubai residents within Dubai will be able to travel overseas from 23 June. Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine.
    Dubai residents must apply for a permit to return on the Dubai Government General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website . Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration form and a Quarantine form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Further information about how to book a flight for returning residents is available on the Emirates Airline website.
    On their return to Dubai, returning residents will have register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.

    **Visitors to Dubai: New procedures for visitors to Dubai were announced by the Government of Dubai on 21 June. Visitors are able to travel to Dubai from 7 July. Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine. Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration form and a Quarantine form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App. Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling and must show that they have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test a maximum of 96 hours before arrival. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.
    ***Visitors to Abu Dhabi: Visit and tourist visas are not currently being issued by the Abu Dhabi authorities at Abu Dhabi airport. Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours. All arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for 14 days on arrival and will be required to wear a medically approved wristband for the duration of their quarantine. The wristband will be provided at Abu Dhabi airport after clearing immigration. Arrivals under the age of 18, over the age of 60, diplomats or those suffering from a chronic disease will be exempt from having to wear the wristband.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Most schools across the UAE have reopened at the start of this academic year with a number of COVID-19 measures in place. Some have since closed following COVID-19 outbreaks.
    Coronavirus cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and while you are here, and ensure you comply. You should comply with any additional measures put in place by the local authorities. The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) will be treated as a crime punishable by law. Since 2 June movement to and from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been restricted although movement within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed. You will need to have received a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 48 hours prior to entering the Emirate of Abu Dhabi by land from elsewhere in the country.

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    13.10.2020
  • United Arab Emirates Latest News: Authorities reopen all seven regions to foreign visitors (Reuters, 24.09.2020). Civil Aviation Authority suspends all Air India Express flights to Dubai until 2 October following violation of COVID-19 requirements (Hindustan Times, 18.09.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    The United Arab Emirates will resume issuing visas to foreign visitors to all seven of its regions as of Thursday 24 September. The UAE authorities have stated that with effect from 11 August, all citizens, returning residents, transit passengers and tourists have to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test in the country they are currently in and have proof of a negative result before travelling to the UAE. The test must be a PCR swab test. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted. The test must have been carried out within 96 hours of departure. The test result is required for travellers from all countries arriving at all airports in the UAE. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation.
    **Entry to the United Arab Emirates other than Dubai: Some foreign residents are being allowed to return to the UAE based on criteria set by the UAE authorities. Visit and tourist visas are not currently being issued by the Abu Dhabi authorities at Abu Dhabi airport. Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours. All arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for 14 days on arrival. The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority announced on 12 August that, apart from Dubai, there is no longer a requirement for residents who wish to return to the UAE to get permission to travel. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website.
    **Dubai residents returning to or leaving Dubai: All passengers travelling to Dubai from any destination, including passengers connecting in Dubai, must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate to be accepted on the flight. The test must be taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure. The certificate must be for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab test. Other test certificates including antibody tests and home testing kits are not accepted in Dubai. Bring an official, printed certificate to check-in – SMS and digital certificates are not accepted. Without a printed negative test certificate, you will not be accepted on the flight. Children under the age of 12 and passengers who have a moderate or severe disability are exempt from this test.
    The government of Dubai announced new procedures on 21 June for returning residents. Dubai residents overseas will be able to return to the Dubai from 22 June and Dubai residents within Dubai will be able to travel overseas from 23 June. Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine.
    Dubai residents must apply for a permit to return on the Dubai Government General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website . Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration form and a Quarantine form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Further information about how to book a flight for returning residents is available on the Emirates Airline website.
    On their return to Dubai, returning residents will have register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.

    **Visitors to Dubai: New procedures for visitors to Dubai were announced by the Government of Dubai on 21 June. Visitors are able to travel to Dubai from 7 July. Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine. Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration form and a Quarantine form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App. Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling and must show that they have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test a maximum of 96 hours before arrival. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.
    ***Visitors to Abu Dhabi: Visit and tourist visas are not currently being issued by the Abu Dhabi authorities at Abu Dhabi airport. Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours. All arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for 14 days on arrival and will be required to wear a medically approved wristband for the duration of their quarantine. The wristband will be provided at Abu Dhabi airport after clearing immigration. Arrivals under the age of 18, over the age of 60, diplomats or those suffering from a chronic disease will be exempt from having to wear the wristband.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Most schools across the UAE have reopened at the start of this academic year with a number of COVID-19 measures in place. Some have since closed following COVID-19 outbreaks.
    Coronavirus cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and while you are here, and ensure you comply. You should comply with any additional measures put in place by the local authorities. The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) will be treated as a crime punishable by law. Since 2 June movement to and from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been restricted although movement within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed. You will need to have received a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 48 hours prior to entering the Emirate of Abu Dhabi by land from elsewhere in the country.

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    06.10.2020
  • United Arab Emirates Latest News: Authorities reopen all seven regions to foreign visitors (Reuters, 24.09.2020). Civil Aviation Authority suspends all Air India Express flights to Dubai until 2 October following violation of COVID-19 requirements (Hindustan Times, 18.09.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    The United Arab Emirates will resume issuing visas to foreign visitors to all seven of its regions as of Thursday 24 September. The UAE authorities have stated that with effect from 11 August, all citizens, returning residents, transit passengers and tourists have to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test in the country they are currently in and have proof of a negative result before travelling to the UAE. The test must be a PCR swab test. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted. The test must have been carried out within 96 hours of departure. The test result is required for travellers from all countries arriving at all airports in the UAE. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation.
    **Entry to the United Arab Emirates other than Dubai: Some foreign residents are being allowed to return to the UAE based on criteria set by the UAE authorities. Visit and tourist visas are not currently being issued by the Abu Dhabi authorities at Abu Dhabi airport. Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours. All arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for 14 days on arrival. The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority announced on 12 August that, apart from Dubai, there is no longer a requirement for residents who wish to return to the UAE to get permission to travel. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website.
    **Dubai residents returning to or leaving Dubai: All passengers travelling to Dubai from any destination, including passengers connecting in Dubai, must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate to be accepted on the flight. The test must be taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure. The certificate must be for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab test. Other test certificates including antibody tests and home testing kits are not accepted in Dubai. Bring an official, printed certificate to check-in – SMS and digital certificates are not accepted. Without a printed negative test certificate, you will not be accepted on the flight. Children under the age of 12 and passengers who have a moderate or severe disability are exempt from this test.
    The government of Dubai announced new procedures on 21 June for returning residents. Dubai residents overseas will be able to return to the Dubai from 22 June and Dubai residents within Dubai will be able to travel overseas from 23 June. Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine.
    Dubai residents must apply for a permit to return on the Dubai Government General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website . Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration form and a Quarantine form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Further information about how to book a flight for returning residents is available on the Emirates Airline website.
    On their return to Dubai, returning residents will have register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.

    **Visitors to Dubai: New procedures for visitors to Dubai were announced by the Government of Dubai on 21 June. Visitors are able to travel to Dubai from 7 July. Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine. Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration form and a Quarantine form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App. Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling and must show that they have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test a maximum of 96 hours before arrival. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Most schools across the UAE have reopened at the start of this academic year with a number of COVID-19 measures in place. Some have since closed following COVID-19 outbreaks.
    Coronavirus cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and while you are here, and ensure you comply. You should comply with any additional measures put in place by the local authorities. The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) will be treated as a crime punishable by law. Since 2 June movement to and from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been restricted although movement within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed. You will need to have received a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 48 hours prior to entering the Emirate of Abu Dhabi by land from elsewhere in the country.

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    24.09.2020
  • United Arab Emirates Latest News: The UAE has relaxed its entry requirements for tourist and residents; U.S. passport holders are able to enter the country (Kayak, 20.08.2020). The UAE Civil Aviation Authority (GCCA) suspends flights from Pakistan effective Monday 29 June. (Simple Flying, 29.06.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    The UAE authorities have stated that with effect from 11 August, all citizens, returning residents, transit passengers and tourists have to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test in the country they are currently in and have proof of a negative result before travelling to the UAE. The test must be a PCR swab test. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted. The test must have been carried out within 96 hours of departure. The test result is required for travellers from all countries arriving at all airports in the UAE. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation.
    **Entry to the United Arab Emirates other than Dubai: Some foreign residents are being allowed to return to the UAE based on criteria set by the UAE authorities. Visit and tourist visas are not currently being issued by the Abu Dhabi authorities at Abu Dhabi airport. Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours. All arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for 14 days on arrival. The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority announced on 12 August that, apart from Dubai, there is no longer a requirement for residents who wish to return to the UAE to get permission to travel. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website.
    **Dubai residents returning to or leaving Dubai: All passengers travelling to Dubai from any destination, including passengers connecting in Dubai, must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate to be accepted on the flight. The test must be taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure. The certificate must be for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab test. Other test certificates including antibody tests and home testing kits are not accepted in Dubai. Bring an official, printed certificate to check-in – SMS and digital certificates are not accepted. Without a printed negative test certificate, you will not be accepted on the flight. Children under the age of 12 and passengers who have a moderate or severe disability are exempt from this test.
    The government of Dubai announced new procedures on 21 June for returning residents. Dubai residents overseas will be able to return to the Dubai from 22 June and Dubai residents within Dubai will be able to travel overseas from 23 June. Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine.
    Dubai residents must apply for a permit to return on the Dubai Government General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website . Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration form and a Quarantine form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Further information about how to book a flight for returning residents is available on the Emirates Airline website.
    On their return to Dubai, returning residents will have register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.

    **Visitors to Dubai: New procedures for visitors to Dubai were announced by the Government of Dubai on 21 June. Visitors are able to travel to Dubai from 7 July. Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine. Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration form and a Quarantine form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App. Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling and must show that they have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test a maximum of 96 hours before arrival. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Most schools across the UAE have reopened at the start of this academic year with a number of COVID-19 measures in place. Some have since closed following COVID-19 outbreaks.
    Coronavirus cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and while you are here, and ensure you comply. You should comply with any additional measures put in place by the local authorities. The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) will be treated as a crime punishable by law. Since 2 June movement to and from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been restricted although movement within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed. You will need to have received a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 48 hours prior to entering the Emirate of Abu Dhabi by land from elsewhere in the country.

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    16.09.2020
  • United Arab Emirates The UAE has relaxed its entry requirements for tourist and residents; U.S. passport holders are able to enter the country (Kayak, 20.08.2020). The UAE Civil Aviation Authority (GCCA) suspends flights from Pakistan effective Monday 29 June. (Simple Flying, 29.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    The UAE authorities have stated that with effect from 11 August, all citizens, returning residents, transit passengers and tourists have to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test in the country they are currently in and have proof of a negative result before travelling to the UAE. The test must be a PCR swab test. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted. The test must have been carried out within 96 hours of departure. The test result is required for travellers from all countries arriving at all airports in the UAE. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation.
    ***Entry to the United Arab Emirates other than Dubai: Some foreign residents are being allowed to return to the UAE based on criteria set by the UAE authorities. Visit and tourist visas are not currently being issued by the Abu Dhabi authorities at Abu Dhabi airport. Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours. All arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for 14 days on arrival. The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority announced on 12 August that, apart from Dubai, there is no longer a requirement for residents who wish to return to the UAE to get permission to travel. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website.
    ***Dubai residents returning to or leaving Dubai: All passengers travelling to Dubai from any destination, including passengers connecting in Dubai, must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate to be accepted on the flight. The test must be taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure. The certificate must be for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab test. Other test certificates including antibody tests and home testing kits are not accepted in Dubai. Bring an official, printed certificate to check-in – SMS and digital certificates are not accepted. Without a printed negative test certificate, you will not be accepted on the flight. Children under the age of 12 and passengers who have a moderate or severe disability are exempt from this test.
    The government of Dubai announced new procedures on 21 June for returning residents. Dubai residents overseas will be able to return to the Dubai from 22 June and Dubai residents within Dubai will be able to travel overseas from 23 June. Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine.
    Dubai residents must apply for a permit to return on the Dubai Government General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website . Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration form and a Quarantine form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Further information about how to book a flight for returning residents is available on the Emirates Airline website.
    On their return to Dubai, returning residents will have register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.

    ***Visitors to Dubai: New procedures for visitors to Dubai were announced by the Government of Dubai on 21 June. Visitors are able to travel to Dubai from 7 July. Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine. Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration form and a Quarantine form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App. Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling and must show that they have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test a maximum of 96 hours before arrival. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Coronavirus cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and while you are here, and ensure you comply. You should comply with any additional measures put in place by the local authorities. The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) will be treated as a crime punishable by law. Since 2 June movement to and from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been restricted although movement within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed. You will need to have received a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 48 hours prior to entering the Emirate of Abu Dhabi by land from elsewhere in the country.

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    14.09.2020
  • United Arab Emirates The UAE has relaxed its entry requirements for tourist and residents; U.S. passport holders are able to enter the country (Kayak, 20.08.2020). The UAE Civil Aviation Authority (GCCA) suspends flights from Pakistan effective Monday 29 June. (Simple Flying, 29.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    The UAE authorities have stated that with effect from 11 August, all citizens, returning residents, transit passengers and tourists have to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test in the country they are currently in and have proof of a negative result before travelling to the UAE. The test must be a PCR swab test. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted. The test must have been carried out within 96 hours of departure. The test result is required for travellers from all countries arriving at all airports in the UAE. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation.
    ***Entry to the United Arab Emirates other than Dubai: Some foreign residents are being allowed to return to the UAE based on criteria set by the UAE authorities. Visit and tourist visas are not currently being issued by the Abu Dhabi authorities at Abu Dhabi airport. Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours. All arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for 14 days on arrival. The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority announced on 12 August that, apart from Dubai, there is no longer a requirement for residents who wish to return to the UAE to get permission to travel. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website.
    ***Dubai residents returning to or leaving Dubai: The government of Dubai announced new procedures on 21 June for returning residents. Dubai residents overseas will be able to return to the Dubai from 22 June and Dubai residents within Dubai will be able to travel overseas from 23 June. Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine.
    Dubai residents must apply for a permit to return on the Dubai Government General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website . Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration form and a Quarantine form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Further information about how to book a flight for returning residents is available on the Emirates Airline website.
    On their return to Dubai, returning residents will have register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.

    ***Visitors to Dubai: New procedures for visitors to Dubai were announced by the Government of Dubai on 21 June. Visitors are able to travel to Dubai from 7 July. Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine. Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration form and a Quarantine form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App. Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling and with effect from 1 August, must show that they have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test a maximum of 96 hours before arrival. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Coronavirus cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and while you are here, and ensure you comply. You should comply with any additional measures put in place by the local authorities. The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) will be treated as a crime punishable by law. Since 2 June movement to and from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been restricted although movement within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed. You will need to have received a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 48 hours prior to entering the Emirate of Abu Dhabi by land from elsewhere in the country.

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    10.09.2020
  • United Arab Emirates The UAE Civil Aviation Authority (GCCA) suspends flights from Pakistan effective Monday 29 June. (Simple Flying, 29.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    The UAE authorities have stated that with effect from 11 August, all citizens, returning residents, transit passengers and tourists have to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test in the country they are currently in and have proof of a negative result before travelling to the UAE. The test must be a PCR swab test. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted. The test must have been carried out within 96 hours of departure. The test result is required for travellers from all countries arriving at all airports in the UAE. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website [https://covid19.ncema.gov.ae/en/News/Details/1393]. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation.
    ***Entry to the United Arab Emirates other than Dubai: Some foreign residents are being allowed to return to the UAE based on criteria set by the UAE authorities. Visit and tourist visas are not currently being issued by the Abu Dhabi authorities at Abu Dhabi airport. Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours. All arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for 14 days on arrival. The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority announced on 12 August that, apart from Dubai, there is no longer a requirement for residents who wish to return to the UAE to get permission to travel. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website [https://covid19.ncema.gov.ae/en/News/Details/1419].
    ***Dubai residents returning to or leaving Dubai: The government of Dubai announced new procedures on 21 June for returning residents. Dubai residents overseas will be able to return to the Dubai from 22 June and Dubai residents within Dubai will be able to travel overseas from 23 June. Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website [https://mediaoffice.ae/en/news/2020/June/21-06/Supreme-Committee-of-Crisis-and-Disaster-Management-announces-new-air-travel-protocols] including information about testing on arrival and quarantine. Dubai residents must apply for a permit to return on the Dubai Government General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website [https://smart.gdrfad.gov.ae/Smart_OTCServicesPortal/ReturnPermitServiceForm.aspx]. Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form [https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/health-declaration-e-form.pdf] and a Quarantine Form [https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/dubai-arrivals-quarantine-procedure-declaration-form.pdf] Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. On their return to Dubai, returning residents will have register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.
    ***Visitors to Dubai: New procedures for visitors to Dubai were announced by the Government of Dubai on 21 June. Visitors are able to travel to Dubai from 7 July. Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website [https://mediaoffice.ae/en/news/2020/June/21-06/Supreme-Committee-of-Crisis-and-Disaster-Management-announces-new-air-travel-protocols] including information about testing on arrival and quarantine. Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form [https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/health-declaration-e-form.pdf] and a Quarantine Form [https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/dubai-arrivals-quarantine-procedure-declaration-form.pdf]. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App. Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling and with effect from 1 August, must show that they have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test a maximum of 96 hours before arrival. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Coronavirus cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and while you are here, and ensure you comply. You should comply with any additional measures put in place by the local authorities. The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) will be treated as a crime punishable by law. Since 2 June movement to and from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been restricted although movement within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed. You will need to have received a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 48 hours prior to entering the Emirate of Abu Dhabi by land from elsewhere in the country.

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    13.08.2020
  • United Arab Emirates The UAE Civil Aviation Authority (GCCA) suspends flights from Pakistan effective Monday 29 June. (Simple Flying, 29.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Some foreign residents, are being allowed to return to the UAE based on criteria set by the UAE authorities. Visit and tourist visas are not currently being issued by the Abu Dhabi authorities at Abu Dhabi airport. Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours and must isolate for 14 days on arrival. Residents who wish to return to the UAE, apart from Dubai, will have to get approval from the UAE authorities and should continue to apply online on the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship website. This website is not always available from Microsoft Internet Explorer so you should use another web browser such as. Google Chrome or Firefox. From 22 June there is a separate process for Dubai residents which is outlined below. Applications will be assessed by the UAE authorities based on their own criteria and, if approved, you will be issued with a unique reference number. You will need this reference number to book a flight. Flights are sold and operated by Etihad and Emirates airlines. Please note that the availability of flights may change at short notice.
    **Dubai residents returning or leaving Dubai: The government of Dubai announced new procedures on 21 June for returning residents. Dubai residents overseas will be able to return to the Dubai from 22 June and Dubai residents within Dubai will be able to travel overseas from 23 June. Dubai residents must apply for a permit to return on the Dubai Government General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website [https://smart.gdrfad.gov.ae/Smart_OTCServicesPortal/ReturnPermitServiceForm.aspx]. Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form [https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/health-declaration-e-form.pdf] and a Quarantine Form [https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/dubai-arrivals-quarantine-procedure-declaration-form.pdf]. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival.
    *** Visitors to Dubai: New procedures for visitors to Dubai were announced by the Government of Dubai on 21 June. Visitors are able to travel to Dubai from 7 July. Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine. Before visitors fly to Dubai, they will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form [https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/health-declaration-e-form.pdf] and a Quarantine Form [https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/dubai-arrivals-quarantine-procedure-declaration-form.pdf]. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App. Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling and with effect from 1 August, must show that they have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test a maximum of 96 hours before arrival. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Coronavirus cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and while you are here, and ensure you comply. You should comply with any additional measures put in place by the local authorities. The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) will be treated as a crime punishable by law. Since 2 June movement to and from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been restricted although movement within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed. You will need to have received a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 48 hours prior to entering the Emirate of Abu Dhabi by land from elsewhere in the country.

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    12.08.2020
  • United Arab Emirates The UAE Civil Aviation Authority (GCCA) suspends flights from Pakistan effective Monday 29 June. (Simple Flying, 29.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights are now operating to and from the UAE.The UAE authorities have stated that with effect from 1 August, all citizens, returning residents, transit passengers and tourists have to undertake a COVID-19 test in the country they are currently in and have a negative result before travelling to the UAE. The test must be taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure. The test must be registered and carried out at one of the UAE-approved testing centres that are listed on the COVID-19 Screening Registration website [https://screening.purehealth.ae/application]. The test result is required for travellers from all countries arriving at all airports in the UAE. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further PCR COVID-19 test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation.
    **Dubai: Visitors are able to travel to Dubai from 7 July. Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website [https://mediaoffice.ae/en/news/2020/June/21-06/Supreme-Committee-of-Crisis-and-Disaster-Management-announces-new-air-travel-protocols].including information about testing on arrival and quarantine. Before visitors fly to Dubai, they will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form [https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/health-declaration-e-form.pdf] and a Quarantine Form [https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/dubai-arrivals-quarantine-procedure-declaration-form.pdf]. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App. Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling and with effect from 1 August, must show that they have had a negative PCR COVID-19 test a maximum of 96 hours before arrival. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine. Stringent entry restrictions remain in place upon arrival at all airports in the UAE which may include, but are not limited to, a Health Authority COVID-19 test on arrival, mandatory quarantine period, usually via self-isolation at a private address if suitable or a hotel, for at least 14 days, and follow up testing before you are able to complete quarantine. Once any quarantine period is complete you must continue to comply with all measures put in place by the UAE authorities to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
    **Abu Dhabi: Travelers going to Abu Dhabi must first get approval from the UAE authorities and should continue to apply online on the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship website. They will also need a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure. The certificate must be issued by an approved lab listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Coronavirus cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. Since 2 June movement to and from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been restricted although movement within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed. You will need to have received a negative a PCR COVID-19 test result within 48 hours prior to entering the Emirate of Abu Dhabi by land from elsewhere in the country. While most shops, restaurants and supermarkets, and some tourist, cultural and leisure attractions and religious establishments are open, there are restrictions and requirements in place to help contain the disease. Social distancing and the wearing of face masks is mandatory when away from your home. This also applies to visitors staying in hotels when they are not in their room. All schools in the UAE are now closed for the remainder of this academic year. Many events have been cancelled.

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    30.07.2020
  • United Arab Emirates The UAE Civil Aviation Authority (GCCA) suspends flights from Pakistan effective Monday 29 June. (Simple Flying, 29.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights are now operating to and from the UAE.The UAE authorities have stated that with effect from 1 August, all citizens, returning residents, transit passengers and tourists have to undertake a COVID-19 test in the country they are currently in and have a negative result before travelling to the UAE. The test must have been carried out within 96 hours of arrival. The test must be registered and carried out at one of the UAE-approved testing centres that are listed on the COVID-19 Screening Registration website [https://screening.purehealth.ae/application]. The test result is required for travellers from all countries arriving at all airports in the UAE. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further PCR COVID-19 test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation.
    **Dubai: Visitors are able to travel to Dubai from 7 July. Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website [https://mediaoffice.ae/en/news/2020/June/21-06/Supreme-Committee-of-Crisis-and-Disaster-Management-announces-new-air-travel-protocols].including information about testing on arrival and quarantine. Before visitors fly to Dubai, they will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form [https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/health-declaration-e-form.pdf] and a Quarantine Form [https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/dubai-arrivals-quarantine-procedure-declaration-form.pdf]. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App. Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling and with effect from 1 August, must show that they have had a negative PCR COVID-19 test a maximum of 96 hours before arrival. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine. Stringent entry restrictions remain in place upon arrival at all airports in the UAE which may include, but are not limited to, a Health Authority COVID-19 test on arrival, mandatory quarantine period, usually via self-isolation at a private address if suitable or a hotel, for at least 14 days, and follow up testing before you are able to complete quarantine. Once any quarantine period is complete you must continue to comply with all measures put in place by the UAE authorities to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
    **Abu Dhabi: Travelers going to Abu Dhabi must first get approval from the UAE authorities and should continue to apply online on the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship website. They will also need a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure. The certificate must be issued by an approved lab listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Coronavirus cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. Since 2 June movement to and from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been restricted although movement within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed. You will need to have received a negative a PCR COVID-19 test result within 48 hours prior to entering the Emirate of Abu Dhabi by land from elsewhere in the country. While most shops, restaurants and supermarkets, and some tourist, cultural and leisure attractions and religious establishments are open, there are restrictions and requirements in place to help contain the disease. Social distancing and the wearing of face masks is mandatory when away from your home. This also applies to visitors staying in hotels when they are not in their room. All schools in the UAE are now closed for the remainder of this academic year. Many events have been cancelled.

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    29.07.2020
  • United Arab Emirates Visitors are able to travel to Dubai from 7 July. Commercial flights are now operating to and from the United Arab Emirates. The UAE Civil Aviation Authority (GCCA) suspends flights from Pakistan effective Monday 29 June. (Simple Flying, 29.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights are now operating to and from the UAE.The UAE authorities have stated that with effect from 1 August, all citizens, returning residents, transit passengers and tourists have to undertake a COVID-19 test in the country they are currently in and have a negative result before travelling to the UAE. The test must have been carried out within 96 hours of arrival. The test must be registered and carried out at one of the UAE-approved testing centres that are listed on the COVID-19 Screening Registration website [https://screening.purehealth.ae/application]. The test result is required for travellers from all countries arriving at all airports in the UAE. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further PCR COVID-19 test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation.
    Visitors are able to travel to Dubai from 7 July. Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website [https://mediaoffice.ae/en/news/2020/June/21-06/Supreme-Committee-of-Crisis-and-Disaster-Management-announces-new-air-travel-protocols].including information about testing on arrival and quarantine. Before visitors fly to Dubai, they will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form [https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/health-declaration-e-form.pdf] and a Quarantine Form [https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/dubai-arrivals-quarantine-procedure-declaration-form.pdf]. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App. Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling and with effect from 1 August, must show that they have had a negative PCR COVID-19 test a maximum of 96 hours before arrival. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine. Stringent entry restrictions remain in place upon arrival at all airports in the UAE which may include, but are not limited to, a Health Authority COVID-19 test on arrival, mandatory quarantine period, usually via self-isolation at a private address if suitable or a hotel, for at least 14 days, and follow up testing before you are able to complete quarantine. Once any quarantine period is complete you must continue to comply with all measures put in place by the UAE authorities to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Coronavirus cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. Since 2 June movement to and from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been restricted although movement within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed. You will need to have received a negative a PCR COVID-19 test result within 48 hours prior to entering the Emirate of Abu Dhabi by land from elsewhere in the country. While most shops, restaurants and supermarkets, and some tourist, cultural and leisure attractions and religious establishments are open, there are restrictions and requirements in place to help contain the disease. Social distancing and the wearing of face masks is mandatory when away from your home. This also applies to visitors staying in hotels when they are not in their room. All schools in the UAE are now closed for the remainder of this academic year. Many events have been cancelled.

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    28.07.2020
  • United Arab Emirates ABU DHABI, 22nd July, 2020 (WAM) — The UAE has announced that COVID-19 test will be mandatory for all inbound and transit passengers, including Emiratis, residents, and tourists, arriving via the country’s airports, irrespective of the countries they are coming from.

    The decision to apply prior testing on all those coming to the country shall be applied as of 1st August without impingement on the mandatory testing measures that travellers have to follow upon arrival at the country’s airports.

    According to a joint statement by the National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority, NCEMA, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, MOFAIC, all passengers travelling thru the country’s airports to the EU countries and the UK, as well as other countries that require PCR test, have to get tested prior to boarding their respective planes.

    The announcement is in line with the country’s efforts to protect the health and safety of its citizens and residents and reduce the spread of coronavirus.

    Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement, which has 96 hours of validity from the date of testing.

    NCEMA and MoFAIC highlighted the necessity for all airlines operating in the UAE to comply with these requirements.

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    26.07.2020
  • United Arab Emirates Dubai hotels set to reopen for foreign visitors on Tuesday, 7 July (Reuters, 07.07.2020). The UAE Civil Aviation Authority (GCCA) suspends flights from Pakistan effective Monday 29 June. (Simple Flying, 29.06.2020)

    *****

    International restrictions:

    Starting June 15, Emirates Airlines recommenced passenger flights.
    Transiting passengers through a UAE airport to another destination, will need to check with the carrier before travelling.
    UAE residents can now return to the UAE and visitors can go to Dubai. Some foreign residents, including British Nationals, are being allowed to return to the UAE based on criteria set by the UAE authorities. Residents who wish to return to the UAE, apart from Dubai, will have to get approval from the UAE authorities and should continue to apply online on the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship website. This website is not always available from Microsoft Internet Explorer so you should use another web browser such as. Google Chrome or Firefox. From 22 June there is a separate process for Dubai residents which is outlined below.Applications will be assessed by the UAE authorities based on their own criteria and, if approved, you will be issued with a unique reference number. The government of Dubai announced new procedures on 21 June for returning residents. Dubai residents overseas will be able to return to the Dubai from 22 June and Dubai residents within Dubai will be able to travel overseas from 23 June. Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine.Dubai Residents must apply for a permit to return on the Dubai Government General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website. Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form and a Quarantine Form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors will be able to travel to Dubai from 7 July. Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Abu Dhabi government extends ban on movement in, out of emirate and cities until29 June. (The National, 22.06.2020)
    Coronavirus cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and while you are here, and ensure you comply.You should comply with any additional measures put in place by the local authorities. The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) will be treated as a crime punishable by law. Since 2 June movement to and from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been restricted although movement within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed.To enter Abu Dhabi, individuals must presentation a COVID test conducted in the last 48 hours from an approved facility or schedule an appointment for a laser blood test. These regulations may change. While most shops, restaurants and supermarkets, and some cultural and leisure attractions and religious establishments are open, there are restrictions and requirements in place to help contain the disease. Tourist and cultural sites have begun reopening with additional safety measures in place including social distancing and the wearing of face masks. All schools in the UAE are now closed for the remainder of this academic year. Many events have been cancelled. If you are planning to attend a specific event in the UAE, check with the organisers.

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    16.07.2020
  • United Arab Emirates The United Arab Emirates’ General Civil Aviation Authority (GCCA) announced yesterday that it would temporarily suspend flights from Pakistan in light of its worsening COVID-19 situation. This suspension, effective Monday 29 June, will stand until a laboratory is set up for COVID-19 tests. (Simple Flying, 29.06.2020)

    *****

    International restrictions:

    Starting June 15, Emirates Airlines recommenced passenger flights.
    Transiting passengers through a UAE airport to another destination, will need to check with the carrier before travelling.
    UAE residents can now return to the UAE. The β€―UAE β€―confirmed that β€―residency visa, β€―entry permits and Emirates IDs β€―expiring after March 1, 2020 β€―will automatically be extended with no fees until the end of 2020. The extension applies to residency visa holders that are both in the UAE and outside of the UAE.
    Visitors will be able to travel to Dubai from 7 July. Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website [https://mediaoffice.ae/en/news/2020/June/21-06/Supreme-Committee-of-Crisis-and-Disaster-Management-announces-new-air-travel-protocols] including information about testing on arrival and quarantine. Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling and must show that they have had a negative PCR Covid-19 test a maximum of four days before their departure date. If they do not have a test result or are showing symptoms of Covid-19, they will be tested at Dubai airport. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine. Before visitors fly to Dubai, they will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form [https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/health-declaration-e-form.pdf] and a Quarantine Form [https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/dubai-arrivals-quarantine-procedure-declaration-form.pdf]. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the Covid-19 DXB App.

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flighs (please copy and paste link into your browser): https://humanitarianbooking.wfp.org/en/wfp-aviation/

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Abu Dhabi government extends ban on movement in, out of emirate and cities until29 June. (The National, 22.06.2020)
    The Government of the UAE has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, including enhanced screening and quarantine measures. Schools and universities are closed for the remainder of the academic year. Sporting events, festivals, and large gatherings have been banned. Religious services have also been suspended. Grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations remain open. The UAE government is relaxing some restrictions at some malls, markets, and other businesses. Individuals should continue to practice vigilance and wear masks and gloves, while practicing appropriate social distancing. UAE health authorities are urging all returned travelers to the UAE to practice self-quarantine for at least 14 days and are also urging all residents to stay home. The Ministry of Interior and National Emergency and the Crisis and Disasters Management Authority urged UAE citizens, residents, and visitors to limit trips outside the home except for essential movement. Visit the UAE Ministry of Health COVID-19 website for updated information [https://www.mohap.gov.ae/en/AwarenessCenter/Pages/COVID-19.aspx]
    The Abu Dhabi Emergency and Crisis Committee for the COVID-19 pandemic announced a ban on the movement entering and exiting the emirate and between its regions (Abu Dhabi, Al Ain & Al Dhafra) starting Tuesday June 2. On June 15, they announced the ban would continue for a third week, with the possibility of an extension. Abu Dhabi’s curfew from 10 pm-6 am is still in effect. On June 17, they announced citizens and residents may leave Abu Dhabi without a permit, but a permit must be obtained to re-enter. Individuals may apply for a moving permit to leave during curfew hours or to re-enter Abu Dhabi.Additionally, the Dubai government announced business activities will continue to gradually reopen, with social distancing guidelines and mandatory use of masks, including while outdoors, still in effect. For more information on movement restrictions in Abu Dhabi and Dubai [https://www.thenational.ae/uae/health/coronavirus-restrictions-what-dubai-and-abu-dhabi-residents-can-and-can-t-do-1.1024854]. On May 18, the UAE Attorney General announced that individuals failing to follow rules and regulations to curb the spread of COVID-19 will face additional fines varying from 1000-100,000 Emirati dirhams.[

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    29.06.2020
  • United Arab Emirates *****

    International restrictions:

    Starting June 15, Emirates Airlines recommenced passenger flights.
    Transiting passengers through a UAE airport to another destination, will need to check with the carrier before travelling.
    UAE residents can now return to the UAE. The β€―UAE β€―confirmed that β€―residency visa, β€―entry permits and Emirates IDs β€―expiring after March 1, 2020 β€―will automatically be extended with no fees until the end of 2020. The extension applies to residency visa holders that are both in the UAE and outside of the UAE.
    Visitors will be able to travel to Dubai from 7 July. Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website [https://mediaoffice.ae/en/news/2020/June/21-06/Supreme-Committee-of-Crisis-and-Disaster-Management-announces-new-air-travel-protocols] including information about testing on arrival and quarantine. Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling and must show that they have had a negative PCR Covid-19 test a maximum of four days before their departure date. If they do not have a test result or are showing symptoms of Covid-19, they will be tested at Dubai airport. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine. Before visitors fly to Dubai, they will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form [https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/health-declaration-e-form.pdf] and a Quarantine Form [https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/dubai-arrivals-quarantine-procedure-declaration-form.pdf]. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the Covid-19 DXB App.

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flighs (please copy and paste link into your browser): https://humanitarianbooking.wfp.org/en/wfp-aviation/

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Abu Dhabi government extends ban on movement in, out of emirate and cities until29 June. (The National, 22.06.2020)
    The Government of the UAE has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, including enhanced screening and quarantine measures. Schools and universities are closed for the remainder of the academic year. Sporting events, festivals, and large gatherings have been banned. Religious services have also been suspended. Grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations remain open. The UAE government is relaxing some restrictions at some malls, markets, and other businesses. Individuals should continue to practice vigilance and wear masks and gloves, while practicing appropriate social distancing. UAE health authorities are urging all returned travelers to the UAE to practice self-quarantine for at least 14 days and are also urging all residents to stay home. The Ministry of Interior and National Emergency and the Crisis and Disasters Management Authority urged UAE citizens, residents, and visitors to limit trips outside the home except for essential movement. Visit the UAE Ministry of Health COVID-19 website for updated information [https://www.mohap.gov.ae/en/AwarenessCenter/Pages/COVID-19.aspx]
    The Abu Dhabi Emergency and Crisis Committee for the COVID-19 pandemic announced a ban on the movement entering and exiting the emirate and between its regions (Abu Dhabi, Al Ain & Al Dhafra) starting Tuesday June 2. On June 15, they announced the ban would continue for a third week, with the possibility of an extension. Abu Dhabi’s curfew from 10 pm-6 am is still in effect. On June 17, they announced citizens and residents may leave Abu Dhabi without a permit, but a permit must be obtained to re-enter. Individuals may apply for a moving permit to leave during curfew hours or to re-enter Abu Dhabi.Additionally, the Dubai government announced business activities will continue to gradually reopen, with social distancing guidelines and mandatory use of masks, including while outdoors, still in effect. For more information on movement restrictions in Abu Dhabi and Dubai [https://www.thenational.ae/uae/health/coronavirus-restrictions-what-dubai-and-abu-dhabi-residents-can-and-can-t-do-1.1024854]. On May 18, the UAE Attorney General announced that individuals failing to follow rules and regulations to curb the spread of COVID-19 will face additional fines varying from 1000-100,000 Emirati dirhams.[

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    28.06.2020
  • United Arab Emirates 1. Flights to the United Arab Emirates are suspended.
    – This does not apply to the following:
    – aircraft operated for the purpose of evacuation (this Safety Decision does not alleviate the need for obtaining necessary authorisation from UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation);
    – UAE registered aircraft that are out of base on 24 March 2020 23:59 Local Time will be allowed to return to base carrying only UAE nationals and operator’s crewmembers;
    – over-flights.
    2. All Evacuation flights must have PAX APP data and Crew APP data; all ferry flights must have crew APP data.
    3. Residents of United Arab Emirates:
    – must have a Resident Entry Permit obtained before departure at http://Smartservice.ica.gov.ae , and
    – are subject to medical screening and quarantine.
    4. A completed self-declaration health form must be presented upon arrival at Dubai (DXB).
    5. Effective 7 July 2020: passengers traveling as tourist are allowed to enter Dubai (DXB). They must have:
    – a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result issued at most 96 hours before departure, and
    – a health insurance.

    *****

    International restrictions:

    All international air traffic remains suspended until further notice; the ban also applies to transit flights via Abu Dhabi and Dubai. However, UAE-based air carriers are operating a limited number of inbound and outbound flights mainly to repatriate UAE nationals and foreign residents.
    National carrier Etihad Airways will resume a limited number of inbound flights to Abu Dhabi from 9 May exclusively for UAE citizens and foreign nationals holding valid UAE residency permits. Travellers must apply for an ICA approval number via the UAE Twajudi Resident service, which can be accessed on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, before booking their tickets. This unique number will allow travellers to make bookings exclusively through Etihad’s contact centre. All arriving passengers will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flighs (please copy and paste link into your browser): https://humanitarianbooking.wfp.org/en/wfp-aviation/

    *****Entry restrictions:
    The authorities implemented entry restrictions for non-UAE citizens, including foreign nationals holding valid residency visas who were currently out of the country and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizens. While local media reports indicate that some exceptions have been made on a case-by-case basis since the restrictions came into effect, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has requested such individuals to take the following steps:
    Travellers who are currently in their country of origin should contact the UAE diplomatic mission in their respective country for the required support and to streamline their return back to the UAE.
    Travellers who are currently outside the UAE for business should contact their employers in the UAE, as well as the UAE diplomatic mission in their host countries for the required support and to facilitate their return back to the UAE.
    Travellers who are on vacation should contact the UAE diplomatic mission in their host countries, for the required support to facilitate their return back to the UAE.
    Officials at Abu Dhabi airport have said that all flights are operating via the facility’s Terminal 1 until further notice.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Abu Dhabi government extends ban on movement in, out of emirate and cities until29 June. (The National, 22.06.2020)
    Individuals are required to wear masks and observe social distancing when in public. Infractions are punishable via legal action.
    Officials had earlier closed beaches, cinemas, public parks and swimming pools until further notice – this remains in place.
    Residency visas and Emirates ID to be automatically extended for three months for free (only for those whose visa and ID expired from 1 March).
    In the Dubai emirate, a 24 hour remain-at-home directive has been rescinded. Since 24 April, this has now been relaxed to coincide with Ramadan – residents are now permitted to conduct movement between 06.00 and 22.00 without a permit; restrictions on movement between 22.00 and 06.00 remain in force and the only exceptions are for medical emergencies. Some metro service is due to recommence from 29 April. Restaurants, shopping malls and other retail outlets are allowed to open between 06.00 and 22.00.
    Other emirates seemingly remain under the initial 20.00 to 06.00 curfew regime. Trips to purchase food and medication and essential workers are exempt. In Abu Dhabi a movement permit is required to travel during the sterilisation hours.
    From 20 May, the timing for the national sterilisation programme changed to 20.00-06.00, during which all individuals are required to stay indoor. The opening hours of shopping malls and retail shops will be 09.00-19.00.
    Fines may be issued for those suspected of spreading information about COVID-19 which contradicts official statements, as well as neglecting social distancing requirements, driving with more than three people in a vehicle, and participating in social gatherings.

    *****

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Travel is now allowed within the emirate’s regions, but crossing into the emirate from Dubai is still not permitted without first obtaining a permit.
    Government announces gradual reopening of business activities, easing of movement restrictions in Dubai from 27 May (Reuters, 25.05.2020)

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    24.06.2020
  • United Arab Emirates The Supreme Committee for Crisis and Disaster Management has allowed Dubai to accept foreign tourists since July 7, the emirate government said.

    Before departure, passengers will need to fill out a health form and take out medical insurance.

    One of the conditions of the trip is the availability of a certificate of PCR testing for coronavirus with a negative result with a maximum validity of not more than 96 hours.

    If the tourist cannot provide such a certificate upon arrival, he will be sent to take tests at the Dubai airport. The cost of this procedure is not specified.

    All arrivals at the airport will undergo a temperature test. If any of the passengers find symptoms, the airport management company will be able to retest even with a valid certificate.

    If a tourist finds COVID-19, he must install the COVID-19 DXB application and spend 14 days in isolation at home or in the premises provided by the government, for which accommodation will have to be paid.

    The committee also allowed foreigners with the right to reside in Dubai from June 22, and citizens and foreigners with the right to reside in any country that permits travel from Dubai from June 23 (avianews.com).

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    22.06.2020
  • United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi eases movement restrictions to allow citizens, residents to leave the emirate freely (Reuters, 16.06.2020). Abu Dhabi government extends ban on movement in, out of emirate and cities by one more week (Reuters, 15.06.2020). Arabian Business News reported on Tuesday 9 June that authorities in United Arab Emirates (UAE) are preparing to fully reopen the country’s borders. (Media, 09.06.2020)
    Government allows opening of airports for limited flights (Khaleej Times, 03.06.2020).

    1. Flights to the United Arab Emirates are suspended.
    – This does not apply to the following:
    – aircraft operated for the purpose of evacuation (this Safety Decision does not alleviate the need for obtaining necessary authorisation from UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation);
    – UAE registered aircraft that are out of base on 24 March 2020 23:59 Local Time will be allowed to return to base carrying only UAE nationals and operator’s crewmembers;
    – over-flights.
    2. All Evacuation flights must have PAX APP data and Crew APP data; all ferry flights must have crew APP data.
    3. Residents of United Arab Emirates:
    – must have a Resident Entry Permit obtained before departure at http://Smartservice.ica.gov.ae , and
    – are subject to medical screening and quarantine.
    4. A completed self-declaration health form must be presented upon arrival at Dubai (DXB).

    *****

    International restrictions:

    All international air traffic remains suspended until further notice; the ban also applies to transit flights via Abu Dhabi and Dubai. However, UAE-based air carriers are operating a limited number of inbound and outbound flights mainly to repatriate UAE nationals and foreign residents.
    National carrier Etihad Airways will resume a limited number of inbound flights to Abu Dhabi from 9 May exclusively for UAE citizens and foreign nationals holding valid UAE residency permits. Travellers must apply for an ICA approval number via the UAE Twajudi Resident service, which can be accessed on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, before booking their tickets. This unique number will allow travellers to make bookings exclusively through Etihad’s contact centre. All arriving passengers will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flighs [https://humanitarianbooking.wfp.org/en/wfp-aviation/]

    *****Entry restrictions:
    The authorities implemented entry restrictions for non-UAE citizens, including foreign nationals holding valid residency visas who were currently out of the country and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizens. While local media reports indicate that some exceptions have been made on a case-by-case basis since the restrictions came into effect, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has requested such individuals to take the following steps:
    Travellers who are currently in their country of origin should contact the UAE diplomatic mission in their respective country for the required support and to streamline their return back to the UAE.
    Travellers who are currently outside the UAE for business should contact their employers in the UAE, as well as the UAE diplomatic mission in their host countries for the required support and to facilitate their return back to the UAE.
    Travellers who are on vacation should contact the UAE diplomatic mission in their host countries, for the required support to facilitate their return back to the UAE.
    Officials at Abu Dhabi airport have said that all flights are operating via the facility’s Terminal 1 until further notice.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Abu Dhabi government extends ban on movement in, out of emirate and cities by one week (Reuters, 08.06.2020)
    Individuals are required to wear masks and observe social distancing when in public. Infractions are punishable via legal action.
    Officials had earlier closed beaches, cinemas, public parks and swimming pools until further notice – this remains in place.
    Residency visas and Emirates ID to be automatically extended for three months for free (only for those whose visa and ID expired from 1 March).
    In the Dubai emirate, a 24 hour remain-at-home directive has been rescinded. Since 24 April, this has now been relaxed to coincide with Ramadan – residents are now permitted to conduct movement between 06.00 and 22.00 without a permit; restrictions on movement between 22.00 and 06.00 remain in force and the only exceptions are for medical emergencies. Some metro service is due to recommence from 29 April. Restaurants, shopping malls and other retail outlets are allowed to open between 06.00 and 22.00.
    Other emirates seemingly remain under the initial 20.00 to 06.00 curfew regime, including Abu Dhabi. Trips to purchase food and medication and essential workers are exempt. In Abu Dhabi a movement permit is required to travel during the sterilisation hours.
    From 20 May, the timing for the national sterilisation programme changed to 20.00-06.00, during which all individuals are required to stay indoor. The opening hours of shopping malls and retail shops will be 09.00-19.00.
    On Sunday, May 31, authorities in Abu Dhabi announced that travel in and out of the emirate would be suspended from Tuesday, June 2, as a measure to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Travel between the emirate’s individual regions – Abu Dhabi city, Al Ain, and Al Dhafra – will also be suspended, although travel within the regions themselves is to remain permitted. The new measure will be in force for a week, until Tuesday, June 9. Special permits will be available for essential workers, the transport of essential goods, and for medical visits.
    Fines may be issued for those suspected of spreading information about COVID-19 which contradicts official statements, as well as neglecting social distancing requirements, driving with more than three people in a vehicle, and participating in social gatherings.

    *****

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Government announces gradual reopening of business activities, easing of movement restrictions in Dubai from 27 May (Reuters, 25.05.2020)

    Read more
    15.06.2020
  • United Arab Emirates Arabian Business News reported on Tuesday 9 June that authorities in United Arab Emirates (UAE) are preparing to fully reopen the country’s borders. (Media, 09.06.2020)
    Government allows opening of airports for limited flights (Khaleej Times, 03.06.2020).

    1. Flights to the United Arab Emirates are suspended.
    – This does not apply to the following:
    – aircraft operated for the purpose of evacuation (this Safety Decision does not alleviate the need for obtaining necessary authorisation from UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation);
    – UAE registered aircraft that are out of base on 24 March 2020 23:59 Local Time will be allowed to return to base carrying only UAE nationals and operator’s crewmembers;
    – over-flights.
    2. All Evacuation flights must have PAX APP data and Crew APP data; all ferry flights must have crew APP data.
    3. A completed self-declaration health form must be presented upon arrival at Dubai (DXB).

    International restrictions:

    All international air traffic remains suspended until further notice; the ban also applies to transit flights via Abu Dhabi and Dubai. However, UAE-based air carriers are operating a limited number of inbound and outbound flights mainly to repatriate UAE nationals and foreign residents.
    National carrier Etihad Airways will resume a limited number of inbound flights to Abu Dhabi from 9 May exclusively for UAE citizens and foreign nationals holding valid UAE residency permits. Travellers must apply for an ICA approval number via the UAE Twajudi Resident service, which can be accessed on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, before booking their tickets. This unique number will allow travellers to make bookings exclusively through Etihad’s contact centre. All arriving passengers will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flighs [https://humanitarianbooking.wfp.org/en/wfp-aviation/]

    Entry restrictions:
    The authorities implemented entry restrictions for non-UAE citizens, including foreign nationals holding valid residency visas who were currently out of the country and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizens. While local media reports indicate that some exceptions have been made on a case-by-case basis since the restrictions came into effect, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has requested such individuals to take the following steps:
    Travellers who are currently in their country of origin should contact the UAE diplomatic mission in their respective country for the required support and to streamline their return back to the UAE.
    Travellers who are currently outside the UAE for business should contact their employers in the UAE, as well as the UAE diplomatic mission in their host countries for the required support and to facilitate their return back to the UAE.
    Travellers who are on vacation should contact the UAE diplomatic mission in their host countries, for the required support to facilitate their return back to the UAE.
    Officials at Abu Dhabi airport have said that all flights are operating via the facility’s Terminal 1 until further notice.

    Flight suspensions:
    Dubai-based airline Emirates will operate outbound flights to London Heathrow (United Kingdom), Frankfurt (Germany), Paris (France), Milan (Italy), Madrid (Spain), Chicago (United States of America), Toronto (Canada), Sydney and Melbourne (Australia) from 21 May.
    The Dubai-based carrier FlyDubai and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways have also suspended or modified routes to and from UAE airports.

    Internal restrictions:

    Abu Dhabi government extends ban on movement in, out of emirate and cities by one week (Reuters, 08.06.2020)
    Individuals are required to wear masks and observe social distancing when in public. Infractions are punishable via legal action.
    Officials had earlier closed beaches, cinemas, public parks and swimming pools until further notice – this remains in place.
    Residency visas and Emirates ID to be automatically extended for three months for free (only for those whose visa and ID expired from 1 March).
    In the Dubai emirate, a 24 hour remain-at-home directive has been rescinded. Since 24 April, this has now been relaxed to coincide with Ramadan – residents are now permitted to conduct movement between 06.00 and 22.00 without a permit; restrictions on movement between 22.00 and 06.00 remain in force and the only exceptions are for medical emergencies. Some metro service is due to recommence from 29 April. Restaurants, shopping malls and other retail outlets are allowed to open between 06.00 and 22.00.
    Other emirates seemingly remain under the initial 20.00 to 06.00 curfew regime, including Abu Dhabi. Trips to purchase food and medication and essential workers are exempt. In Abu Dhabi a movement permit is required to travel during the sterilisation hours.
    From 20 May, the timing for the national sterilisation programme changed to 20.00-06.00, during which all individuals are required to stay indoor. The opening hours of shopping malls and retail shops will be 09.00-19.00.
    On Sunday, May 31, authorities in Abu Dhabi announced that travel in and out of the emirate would be suspended from Tuesday, June 2, as a measure to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Travel between the emirate’s individual regions – Abu Dhabi city, Al Ain, and Al Dhafra – will also be suspended, although travel within the regions themselves is to remain permitted. The new measure will be in force for a week, until Tuesday, June 9. Special permits will be available for essential workers, the transport of essential goods, and for medical visits.
    Fines may be issued for those suspected of spreading information about COVID-19 which contradicts official statements, as well as neglecting social distancing requirements, driving with more than three people in a vehicle, and participating in social gatherings.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Government announces gradual reopening of business activities, easing of movement restrictions in Dubai from 27 May (Reuters, 25.05.2020)

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    09.06.2020
  • United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi government announces one-week ban on traffic to, between main cities from 2 June (Reuters, 31.05.2020)

    International restrictions:

    All international air traffic remains suspended until further notice; the ban also applies to transit flights via Abu Dhabi and Dubai. However, UAE-based air carriers are operating a limited number of inbound and outbound flights mainly to repatriate UAE nationals and foreign residents.
    National carrier Etihad Airways will resume a limited number of inbound flights to Abu Dhabi from 9 May exclusively for UAE citizens and foreign nationals holding valid UAE residency permits. Travellers must apply for an ICA approval number via the UAE Twajudi Resident service, which can be accessed on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, before booking their tickets. This unique number will allow travellers to make bookings exclusively through Etihad’s contact centre. All arriving passengers will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flighs [https://humanitarianbooking.wfp.org/en/wfp-aviation/]

    Entry restrictions:
    The authorities implemented entry restrictions for non-UAE citizens, including foreign nationals holding valid residency visas who were currently out of the country and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizens. While local media reports indicate that some exceptions have been made on a case-by-case basis since the restrictions came into effect, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has requested such individuals to take the following steps:
    Travellers who are currently in their country of origin should contact the UAE diplomatic mission in their respective country for the required support and to streamline their return back to the UAE.
    Travellers who are currently outside the UAE for business should contact their employers in the UAE, as well as the UAE diplomatic mission in their host countries for the required support and to facilitate their return back to the UAE.
    Travellers who are on vacation should contact the UAE diplomatic mission in their host countries, for the required support to facilitate their return back to the UAE.
    Officials at Abu Dhabi airport have said that all flights are operating via the facility’s Terminal 1 until further notice.

    Flight suspensions:
    Dubai-based airline Emirates will operate outbound flights to London Heathrow (United Kingdom), Frankfurt (Germany), Paris (France), Milan (Italy), Madrid (Spain), Chicago (United States of America), Toronto (Canada), Sydney and Melbourne (Australia) from 21 May.
    The Dubai-based carrier FlyDubai and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways have also suspended or modified routes to and from UAE airports.

    Internal restrictions:

    Individuals are required to wear masks and observe social distancing when in public. Infractions are punishable via legal action.
    Officials had earlier closed beaches, cinemas, public parks and swimming pools until further notice – this remains in place.
    Residency visas and Emirates ID to be automatically extended for three months for free (only for those whose visa and ID expired from 1 March).
    In the Dubai emirate, a 24 hour remain-at-home directive has been rescinded. Since 24 April, this has now been relaxed to coincide with Ramadan – residents are now permitted to conduct movement between 06.00 and 22.00 without a permit; restrictions on movement between 22.00 and 06.00 remain in force and the only exceptions are for medical emergencies. Some metro service is due to recommence from 29 April. Restaurants, shopping malls and other retail outlets are allowed to open between 06.00 and 22.00.
    Other emirates seemingly remain under the initial 20.00 to 06.00 curfew regime, including Abu Dhabi. Trips to purchase food and medication and essential workers are exempt. In Abu Dhabi a movement permit is required to travel during the sterilisation hours.
    From 20 May, the timing for the national sterilisation programme changed to 20.00-06.00, during which all individuals are required to stay indoor. The opening hours of shopping malls and retail shops will be 09.00-19.00.
    On Sunday, May 31, authorities in Abu Dhabi announced that travel in and out of the emirate would be suspended from Tuesday, June 2, as a measure to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Travel between the emirate’s individual regions – Abu Dhabi city, Al Ain, and Al Dhafra – will also be suspended, although travel within the regions themselves is to remain permitted. The new measure will be in force for a week, until Tuesday, June 9. Special permits will be available for essential workers, the transport of essential goods, and for medical visits.
    Fines may be issued for those suspected of spreading information about COVID-19 which contradicts official statements, as well as neglecting social distancing requirements, driving with more than three people in a vehicle, and participating in social gatherings.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Government announces gradual reopening of business activities, easing of movement restrictions in Dubai from 27 May (Reuters, 25.05.2020)

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    03.06.2020
  • United Arab Emirates

    International restrictions:

    All international air traffic remains suspended until further notice; the ban also applies to transit flights via Abu Dhabi and Dubai. However, UAE-based air carriers are operating a limited number of inbound and outbound flights mainly to repatriate UAE nationals and foreign residents. National carrier Etihad Airways will resume a limited number of inbound flights to Abu Dhabi from 9 May exclusively for UAE citizens and foreign nationals holding valid UAE residency permits. Travellers must apply for an ICA approval number via the UAE Twajudi Resident service, which can be accessed on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, before booking their tickets. This unique number will allow travellers to make bookings exclusively through Etihad’s contact centre. All arriving passengers will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days. Entry restrictions: The authorities implemented entry restrictions for non-UAE citizens, including foreign nationals holding valid residency visas who were currently out of the country and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizens. While local media reports indicate that some exceptions have been made on a case-by-case basis since the restrictions came into effect, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has requested such individuals to take the following steps: Travellers who are currently in their country of origin should contact the UAE diplomatic mission in their respective country for the required support and to streamline their return back to the UAE. Travellers who are currently outside the UAE for business should contact their employers in the UAE, as well as the UAE diplomatic mission in their host countries for the required support and to facilitate their return back to the UAE. Travellers who are on vacation should contact the UAE diplomatic mission in their host countries, for the required support to facilitate their return back to the UAE. Officials at Abu Dhabi airport have said that all flights are operating via the facility’s Terminal 1 until further notice. Flight suspensions: Dubai-based airline Emirates will operate outbound flights to London Heathrow (United Kingdom), Frankfurt (Germany), Paris (France), Milan (Italy), Madrid (Spain), Chicago (United States of America), Toronto (Canada), Sydney and Melbourne (Australia) from 21 May. The Dubai-based carrier FlyDubai and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways have also suspended or modified routes to and from UAE airports. Other measures: Individuals are required to wear masks and observe social distancing when in public. Infractions are punishable via legal action. Officials had earlier closed beaches, cinemas, public parks and swimming pools until further notice – this remains in place. Residency visas and Emirates ID to be automatically extended for three months for free (only for those whose visa and ID expired from 1 March). In the Dubai emirate, a 24 hour remain-at-home directive has been rescinded. Since 24 April, this has now been relaxed to coincide with Ramadan – residents are now permitted to conduct movement between 06.00 and 22.00 without a permit; restrictions on movement between 22.00 and 06.00 remain in force and the only exceptions are for medical emergencies. Some metro service is due to recommence from 29 April. Restaurants, shopping malls and other retail outlets are allowed to open between 06.00 and 22.00. Other emirates seemingly remain under the initial 20.00 to 06.00 curfew regime, including Abu Dhabi. Trips to purchase food and medication and essential workers are exempt. In Abu Dhabi a movement permit is required to travel during the sterilisation hours (individuals can apply here). However, the above timing will change from 20 May, when the timing for the national sterilisation programme will change to 20.00-06.00, during which all individuals are required to stay indoor. The opening hours of shopping malls and retail shops will be 09.00-19.00. Blue-collar workers in Abu Dhabi are not allowed to leave the emirate until further notice; their internal movement is restricted to Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafra. In addition, workers from other emirates are not allowed to enter into Abu Dhabi. Exceptions may apply to movement of workers operating in essential sectors and those with valid flight tickets on their way to the airport of departure. Any citizen/resident benefiting from repatriation flight will observe a compulsory 14-day home quarantine.

    Fines may be issued for those suspected of spreading information about COVID-19 which contradicts official statements, as well as neglecting social distancing requirements, driving with more than three people in a vehicle, and participating in social gatherings.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Government announces gradual reopening of business activities, easing of movement restrictions in Dubai from 27 May (Reuters, 25.05.2020)

    Read more
    30.05.2020
  • United Arab Emirates Government announces gradual reopening of business activities, easing of movement restrictions in Dubai from 27 May (Reuters, 25.05.2020)

    International restrictions:

    All international air traffic remains suspended until further notice; the ban also applies to transit flights via Abu Dhabi and Dubai. However, UAE-based air carriers are operating a limited number of inbound and outbound flights mainly to repatriate UAE nationals and foreign residents. National carrier Etihad Airways will resume a limited number of inbound flights to Abu Dhabi from 9 May exclusively for UAE citizens and foreign nationals holding valid UAE residency permits. Travellers must apply for an ICA approval number via the UAE Twajudi Resident service, which can be accessed on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, before booking their tickets. This unique number will allow travellers to make bookings exclusively through Etihad’s contact centre. All arriving passengers will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days. Entry restrictions The authorities implemented entry restrictions for non-UAE citizens, including foreign nationals holding valid residency visas who were currently out of the country and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizens. While local media reports indicate that some exceptions have been made on a case-by-case basis since the restrictions came into effect, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has requested such individuals to take the following steps: Travellers who are currently in their country of origin should contact the UAE diplomatic mission in their respective country for the required support and to streamline their return back to the UAE. Travellers who are currently outside the UAE for business should contact their employers in the UAE, as well as the UAE diplomatic mission in their host countries for the required support and to facilitate their return back to the UAE. Travellers who are on vacation should contact the UAE diplomatic mission in their host countries, for the required support to facilitate their return back to the UAE. Officials at Abu Dhabi airport have said that all flights are operating via the facility’s Terminal 1 until further notice. Flight suspensions Dubai-based airline Emirates will operate outbound flights to London Heathrow (United Kingdom), Frankfurt (Germany), Paris (France), Milan (Italy), Madrid (Spain), Chicago (United States of America), Toronto (Canada), Sydney and Melbourne (Australia) from 21 May. The Dubai-based carrier FlyDubai and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways have also suspended or modified routes to and from UAE airports. Other measures Individuals are required to wear masks and observe social distancing when in public. Infractions are punishable via legal action. Officials had earlier closed beaches, cinemas, public parks and swimming pools until further notice – this remains in place. Residency visas and Emirates ID to be automatically extended for three months for free (only for those whose visa and ID expired from 1 March). In the Dubai emirate, a 24 hour remain-at-home directive has been rescinded. Since 24 April, this has now been relaxed to coincide with Ramadan – residents are now permitted to conduct movement between 06.00 and 22.00 without a permit; restrictions on movement between 22.00 and 06.00 remain in force and the only exceptions are for medical emergencies. Some metro service is due to recommence from 29 April. Restaurants, shopping malls and other retail outlets are allowed to open between 06.00 and 22.00. Other emirates seemingly remain under the initial 20.00 to 06.00 curfew regime, including Abu Dhabi. Trips to purchase food and medication and essential workers are exempt. In Abu Dhabi a movement permit is required to travel during the sterilisation hours (individuals can apply here). However, the above timing will change from 20 May, when the timing for the national sterilisation programme will change to 20.00-06.00, during which all individuals are required to stay indoor. The opening hours of shopping malls and retail shops will be 09.00-19.00. Blue-collar workers in Abu Dhabi are not allowed to leave the emirate until further notice; their internal movement is restricted to Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafra. In addition, workers from other emirates are not allowed to enter into Abu Dhabi. Exceptions may apply to movement of workers operating in essential sectors and those with valid flight tickets on their way to the airport of departure. Any citizen/resident benefiting from repatriation flight will observe a compulsory 14-day home quarantine. Fines may be issued for those suspected of spreading information about COVID-19 which contradicts official statements, as well as neglecting social distancing requirements, driving with more than three people in a vehicle, and participating in social gatherings.

    Read more
    19.05.2020
  • United Arab Emirates Flight suspensions: Dubai-based airline Emirates will operate outbound flights to London Heathrow (United Kingdom), Frankfurt (Germany), Paris (France), Milan (Italy), Madrid (Spain), Chicago (United States of America), Toronto (Canada), Sydney and Melbourne (Australia) from 21 May.

    14.05.2020
  • United Arab Emirates Dubai is aiming to reopen for travellers as early as July as it looks to gradually come out of a lockdown. (The National, 28.04.2020)

    1. Flights to the United Arab Emirates are suspended.
    – This does not apply to the following:
    a) aircraft operated for the purpose of evacuation (this Safety Decision does not alleviate the need for obtaining necessary authorisation from UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation);
    b) UAE registered aircraft that are out of base on 24 March 2020 23:59 Local Time will be allowed to return to base carrying only UAE nationals and operator’s crewmembers;
    c) domestic flights;
    d) over-flights.
    2. All Evacuation flights must have PAX APP data and Crew APP data; all ferry flights must have crew APP data.

    Officials at Abu Dhabi airport have said that all flights are operating via the facility’s Terminal 1 until further notice, following the closure of Terminal 2 on 16 March.

    Internal restrictions:

    In the Dubai emirate, a 24 hour remain-at-home directive has been rescinded. As of 24 April this has now been relaxed to coincide with Ramadan – residents are now permitted to conduct movement between 0.600 and 22.00 without a permit; restrictions on movement between 22.00 and 06.00 remain in force and the only exceptions are for medical emergencies. Metro is due to recommence from 26 April. Restaurants, shopping malls and other retail outlets are allowed to open between 06.00 and 22.00.
    Individuals are prohibited from leaving their homes during the cleaning and disinfection programme, except for essential purposes or if they work in a vital sector, provided they obtain the necessary permissions. For essential sectors, companies must obtain permission from authorities. For personal movements, both vehicle and pedestrian, individuals must obtain movement permits through the official website. An individual may obtain a maximum two permits per day for emergencies, one permit every three days for purchasing food or medicines and one permit every five days for cash withdrawal from ATMs.

    Metro, tram operations will be suspended from 5 April in Dubai. Buses will continue to operate as usual.

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    10.05.2020
  • Source Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
    US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information/
    OSAC Travel Advisories/
    UAE Depr of Health/
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