Etihad Airways has announced to operate inbound flights to help UAE residents with valid residence visas to return to the UAE. This announcement was shared on the official website of the Abu Dhabi-based airline company.
Many UAE residents stuck abroad have been waiting for news and announcements on when the UAE will open its flights for expats. This recent update is a sign of good news for expats so that they can come back to the country. Passengers can book flights but should hold a valid UAE resident visa and ICA approval number – as they will not be permitted to enter the UAE otherwise.
Etihad Airways to Operate Limited One-Way Flights to Abu Dhabi for UAE Residents Stuck Abroad
As per Etihad statement, these inbound flights listed are government-approved and will operate from 12 major destinations. Please see the full list and schedules below:
Inbound flights scheduled:
- Amsterdam: May 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 and 29
- Barcelona: May 14, 17, 24 and 31
- Frankfurt: May 17, 24 and 31
- Jakarta: May 15 and 29
- Kuala Lumpur: May 23 and 30
- London: May 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27 and 30
- Manila: May 13, 15, 16, 20, 22, 23, 27, 29 and 30
- Melbourne: May 13, 20 and 27
- Seoul: May 22 and 29
- Singapore: May 20 and 27
- Tokyo: May 20 and 27
- Toronto: May 12
Important Note: While this is a sign of good news especially for expats who have been away for approximately 2 months (since airport entries for expats have been closed), it must be noted that these flights are still subject to change so please do your own part in keeping updated with new announcements.
How to Book Flights
1. Reminder for all those who will book the flights that passengers must first apply for ICA approval by signing up for the UAE Twajudi Resident service by visiting MoFAIC.gov.ae – https://www.mofaic.gov.ae/en/Services/Twajudi-Resident
2. Once your ICA approval has been received, please call the Etihad Airways Contact Centre (https://www.etihad.com/en/help/contact-us) to book your flight to return to the UAE.
Remember: you must hold a valid UAE resident visa and ICA approval number – you will not be permitted to enter the UAE otherwise.
Upon arriving in UAE, guests will undertake a PCR and thermal screening and are required to self-isolate for 14 days.
Please see the full statement by going to this link – https://www.etihad.com/en-ae/travel-updates/covid-19
We have also managed to get a screenshot of the said update below: