Coronavirus: Australians evacuated in special flight from Abu Dhabi
No further flights to Australia have been planned at this stage.
A special flight with Australian citizens left for Melbourne from Abu Dhabi on Thursday morning.
The evacuation flight operated by Etihad Airways left from Abu Dhabi International Airport after 10 am, Heidi Venamore, Australian Ambassador to UAE, said.
She noted that no further flights were planned at this stage, but those Australians in the UAE who wish to leave the country can send details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It was on Wednesday that the UAE government had given the approval to operate the evacuation flight.
An Etihad spokesperson said the special service provided an opportunity to Australian citizens who were unable to fly due to the Covid-19 travel restrictions.
"This is the second flight to Melbourne this week, with both bringing fresh produce as belly-hold cargo to the UAE," Etihad spokesperson said.
Once in Australia, all overseas arrivals will be quarantined for two weeks.
"Be aware that on arrival to Melbourne you will be subjected to mandatory quarantine for 14 days in a Victorian government designated hotel," the embassy said.
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