Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways will start operating inbound flights from a limited number of cities and passengers from tomorrow, May 9.
The carrier so far have only been carrying passengers on an outbound basis.
The first inbound flight will be from London, and will allow UAE residents to return to UAE.
This will allow UAE citizens and those holding a resident visa to return to their home country for the first time in weeks.
In total, flights from 12 different destinations have been announced. However, could be changed depending on the circumstances. According to Etihad, flights will operate to:
- 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
Passengers who are flying must apply for Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship approval via the UAE Twajudi Resident service, available at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
This process will provide them with an ICA number. The number confirmed to Etihad that you are cleared to enter the country. Once you have that number, you are required to phone Etihad to book onto one of the flights.
Passengers will go through thermal testing and more when they arrive into Abu Dhabi, and are required to self-isolate for 14 days.
The flights also allows foreign nationals the opportunity to travel outside of the UAE as well as carrying essential cargo items including medical supplies overseas. Return flights also allowed UAE citizens overseas to travel back to the UAE.