Covid-19 in UAE: Only Repatriation Flights Temporarily Allowed
Emirates Airline recently announced that it was allowing some flights from the UAE. Read further details here
Yesterday Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman & CEO of Emirates Airline and Group, had tweeted on Thursday that Emirates Airlines will be starting limited flights that would initially carry residents, visitors in the UAE who wish to return to their countries. “Over time," he had tweeted, "Emirates looks forward to the gradual resumption of passenger services in line with lifting of travel and operational restrictions, including assurance of health measures to safeguard our people and customers."
However, in a statement today, the GCAA, General Civil Aviation Authority, GCAA, said "only passenger flights carrying UAE residents and visitors wishing to return back to their respective home countries have been temporarily allowed after ensuring all relevant precautionary measures required by the Ministry of Health and Prevention have been taken."
Emirates News Agency, WAM, reported that the GCAA affirmed that the decision to suspend all inbound and outbound passenger flights and the transit of airline passengers in the UAE is still in effect. This decision is a part of the "precautionary measures taken to curb the spread of the COVID-19".
The novel coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China near an illegal wet market back in December 2019. Since then it has spread across the globe infecting over 1 million people and over fifty thousand people have passed away as a result of the virus. Due to the virus being very new to science experts, authorities are still trying to understand its effects and its spread. What they know for sure is that people must practice social distancing and isolation. In case they have traveled, they must self-quarantine and immediately report to authorities if they face any symptoms of the novel coronavirus (including fever, cough and body aches). The UAE has also launched a service called Weqaya (read details here) to answer any concerns about the novel coronavirus.