On Saturday, 9 May, Emirates Airlines announced that it will operate limited passenger flights to transport passengers from selected countries to the Emirates, and only UAE residents will be returned to Dubai who have received approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
Current destinations for return flights include Frankfurt and London Heathrow, and travelers from other countries in the UAE must undergo mandatory testing from the Dubai Health Authority with Corona virus upon their arrival in the UAE, monitor the 14-day compulsory quarantine, and follow-up testing before their release.
In addition to Emirates Airlines, Etihad announced on Friday that it has opened reservations for UAE residents stranded abroad who wish to return to the country. The reservation was opened for stranded UAE residents in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Frankfurt, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, London Heathrow, Manila, Melbourne, Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo and Toronto.
The national carrier said that residents must obtain approval through the resident Twajudi service and hold a valid residence visa to accept travel to the United Arab Emirates.
The Dubai-based transport company has returned a group of six students from London who were stranded after canceling flights while their parents were living and working here in the United Arab Emirates.
Parents and students thanked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Aviation, Emirates Airlines and all other stakeholders for their joint efforts to return the stranded students.
A spokesman for Gulf Air said in a statement : "Restrictions on travel to the UAE are still in effect, but Emirates Airlines can only transport passengers to the Emirates who have agreed to travel through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs."