Emirates Announces Mandatory Covid Negative Certificate For Travellers From 10 Countries

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
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An update this morning, on the Emirates website read that all passengers travelling with Emirates from specific countries or airports must carry a COVID-19 negative certificate. The certificate must be issued by a local government approved laboratory to be accepted on the flight. Where specified, a certificate from a UAE government designated laboratory in the country of origin is also acceptable. In addition, certificates must be issued no more than 96 hours before departure.

Passengers From Destinations That Require A Negative Covid Certificate

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Egypt
  • India
  • Iran
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Russia
  • Tanzania
  • USA – Dallas Fort Worth (DFW), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Orlando (MCO), including passengers originating from California, Florida and Texas connecting to an Emirates flight to Dubai

Earlier, travellers coming into Dubai were not required to carry a Covid negative certificate, as tests were to be conducted on arrival. However, from now, all tourists traveling to Dubai or Abu Dhabi from any of the above mentioned destinations must carry a Covid negative certificate. UAE Residents flying into Abu Dhabi must show the certificate at road checkpoints.

On that note, Emirates Resumes Network To 50 Cities In July.  These flights can be booked online at www.emirates.com or via travel agents. However, from the UAE, only Tunisian nationals and permanent residents of Tunisia are currently able to travel to Tunis. Travellers originating from certain other countries may enter Tunisia with/without restrictions, and the return flight from Tunis to Dubai and onwards is open to all customers as long as they meet the travel requirements of their destination. Read the precautionary measures here before you make a booking. 

In other news, Emirates’s A380- The World’s Largest Passenger Plane Is Returning To The Skies. 

Emirates is managing over half a million refund requests, that have piled up ever since flights were cancelled. However, Emirates assures customers that their refunds will be credited by early August. As of today, the airline has returned AED 1.9 billion to its customers in two months. The Dubai-based airline has cleared nearly 650,000 refund requests in the past eight weeks.

In April, Emirates announced an increase its refund capabilities and promised to clear refunds by August. At that time, the airline had nearly early half a million refund requests. However, the airline crossed the target two months ahead by increasing requests from 35,000 a month, to nearly 200,000. In addition, the average time for processing refunds has also reduced from 90 to 60 days. On another note, the airline has also updated booking policies, reopened lounges and resumed chauffeur services. 

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