Since 21st May, Emirates airline has been operating select passenger flights out of DXB’s Terminal 3, and since then, the Dubai International airport has released several new procedures and safety rules.
First of all, the authorities have urged travellers not to be too much of an early bird, but, they should ensure that they arrive at the airport four hours prior to scheduled departure time. But arriving at the airport more than four hours before, will not be entertained. This is done to prevent overcrowding within the airport.
However, the airport has made it compulsory for the travellers to arrive four hours before their flight, so as to complete all the additional security measures that are in place. In the current scenario, one cannot expect to breeze through the immigration 90 minutes before take-off, as Emirates is not even allowing online check-in at the moment. So, basically, get in there just under four hours before scheduled departure time.
The destinations that are currently being serviced by Emirates are Chicago, Melbourne, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Paris, Milan, Toronto and Sydney. Flights are scheduled along these routes until 30th June.
Among the other rules in place are:
- Ensure that you have worn a protective mask and gloves when entering the terminal.
- You cannot enter the terminal without a confirmed ticket in hand.
- Be aware of the curfew timings in Dubai, and keep your tickets readily available to present, if required by Dubai Police.
- Choose the restaurants and cafes in the airport that are open for takeaway and dine-in. However, lounges are not operational.
- When travelling to the airport, you can travel normally via private car, taxi, public transport or Careem.
- Smart gates are not operational. There are new protective screens installed at the immigration counters between the passenger and the person behind the desk.
- Thermal screening and temperature checks will be done when you arrive at the airport and at the gate.