Abu Dhabi-based national carrier, Etihad Airways, has announced that it will operate flights from five Indian Cities to the UAE, starting 7th August. The announcement came after the UAE relaxed travel restrictions.
According to the announcement, Etihad will operate services from Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Trivandrum and New Delhi between 7th and 9th August.
Further, the airways also said that from 10th August, flights would commence from three additional cities, including Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Mumbai for travel to the UAE.
As part of the guidelines, the airline also said that travellers should undergo RT-PCR and carry a negative report with them within 48 hours before the first flight departure time.
The test should be done at an approved lab in the city of origin and it should have a QR code for verification, the airline said.
The passengers are also required to undergo a rapid Covid-19 test just four hours prior to boarding the flight.
Other travel requirements at present are:
• Approval from Federal Authority of identity and Citizenship (ICA), which is mandatory to travel.
• Upon arrival in Abu Dhabi, the airline said, all travellers should undergo mandatory quarantine for 10 days.
• Travellers will have to wear a medically approved wristband provided by the airport authorities during their period of quarantine.
• Travellers under quarantine will have to undertake a PCR test on days four and eight.
• The passengers from India travelling to the UAE should possess a valid residency and proof of having received both the doses of Covid-19 vaccine within the UAE at least 14 days prior to travel.
The UAE recently relaxed travel restrictions, allowing certain categories of unvaccinated people to travel to the emirate. This includes medical workers, students, UAE-based teachers, residents with extenuating circumstances, those undergoing medical treatment in UAE, Federal or local government agency employees.
Furthermore, the UAE also lifted the ban for transit travellers for six countries including India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Uganda.