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Combating coronavirus: Emirates issues guidelines for residents returning to Dubai

Waheed Abbas/Dubai
Filed on June 23, 2020 | Last updated on June 23, 2020 at 04.53 pm
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The carrier advised passengers to book their ticket back to Dubai only after they have received the approval.

Emirates airline on Tuesday, June 23, announced new guidelines for the residents returning to Dubai.

It asked travellers to contact its call centre to assist with booking and application for approval to travel or they can complete the application independently on the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA) website.

"If your application is approved, you will receive an instant response. If the application can't be processed, you can try again later," it said in an update on its website.

The carrier advised passengers to book their ticket back to Dubai only after they have received the approval because during the booking process, they will be asked to enter their Resident File Number. All the passengers are required to bring a copy of the GDRFA approval e-mail when travelling.

Also, every passenger flying to Dubai is required to fill in a health declaration form and the quarantine undertaking form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff at arrival. The quarantine undertaking form will only go into effect if they need to undergo quarantine.

Dubai's Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management announced earlier this week that the emirate's airports would start receiving residents from Monday, June 22.

At Arrival

On arrival in Dubai, passengers are required to take a PCR test and remain in their residence until they receive the test result.

"If the test result is positive, you will be required to undergo quarantine," it said in its update advisory. At Dubai International airport arrival, the UAE residents must download the Alhosn Covid-19 app.

"Returning residents must sign a declaration that they either have health insurance that covers Covid-19 or will bear any costs for treatment and quarantine if required," it said.

"Covid-19 flight and travel restrictions remain in place across many countries around the world. We are closely monitoring the situation as it evolves, and we hope to resume services as soon as conditions allow. This includes receiving government approvals, the easing of travel restrictions, and commercial demand. We will announce any service resumption when we can," it said. 

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