Dubai: Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways will launch flights from five Indian cities starting tomorrow (August 7). These are from:
- New Delhi
From August 10, the airline will begin flights from three additional Indian cities, as well as from three Pakistani cities, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka for transit passengers to access Etihad’s global network of destinations. these include flights from Ahmedabad (for transit only), Hyderabad and Mumbai, as well as Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. Etihad will also operate flights from Dhaka and Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Passengers returning to the UAE must have a valid residency and proof of having received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine within the UAE no less than 14 days before travel. Unvaccinated people in certain categories eligible to return include medical workers, UAE-based teachers, students, residents with extenuating circumstances, patients undergoing medical treatment in the UAE, and employees who work for federal or local government agencies.
All passengers must apply for permission to return through the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship website. These latest categories are in addition to previously exempt categories of UAE nationals, Diplomatic missions, official delegations and Golden residence holders.
All passengers will be subject to acceptance and quarantine conditions, said the airline.
The announcement follows UAE’s addition to the UK 'amber list', which means passengers fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer have to quarantine on arrival in Britain.
The airline will fly three times daily to London Heathrow and operate one daily flight to Manchester. All 28 weekly services between Abu Dhabi and the UK will be operated using the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
Unvaccinated guests travelling from the UAE will be required to have a negative PCR test 72 hours before departure and to undergo 10 days home quarantine, as well as follow up Covid-19 tests on day two and day eight.
Fully vaccinated guests who had their vaccine administered in the UK, US or Europe are exempt from quarantine and the day eight test.