Good news for passengers stranded abroad. Etihad Airways will start repatriation flights for residents to return to the UAE from tomorrow.
Etihad Airways will operate limited one-way flights from 12 cities on the following dates:
Amsterdam: 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 and 29 May
Barcelona: 14, 17, 24 and 31 May
Frankfurt: 17, 24 and 31 May
Jakarta: 15 and 29 May
Kuala Lumpur: 23 and 30 May
London: 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27 and 30 May
Manila: 13, 15, 16, 20, 22, 23, 27, 29 and 30 May
Melbourne: 13, 20 and 27 May
Seoul: 22 and 29 May
Singapore: 20 and 27 May
Tokyo: 20 and 27 May
Toronto: 12 May
The most important question to ask here is: what precautions are being taken to protect the public health of all involved in these latest developments.
Before booking, passengers with valid UAE resident visas must apply for ICA approval via the UAE Twajudi Resident service, available here.
If the application is successful, they'll receive a unique ICA approval number, to provide to Etihad Airways agents when booking.
Etihad Airways has also introduced an extensive sanitisation and safety programme, including initiatives to limit touchpoints and allow for more distance between passengers.
All passengers will undergo PCR and thermal testing on arrival to Abu Dhabi, and are required to self-isolate for 14 days.