Emirates, Etihad Airways and flydubai scrap mask rules on flights to UAE

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UAE airlines have announced that passengers on flights to Dubai and Abu Dhabi will no longer be required to wear a mask.

“Wearing a face mask is optional in the United Arab Emirates and on Emirates flights,” says the Dubai-based airline Emirates said on his website.

“When traveling from or through Dubai International, the mask rules of your destination apply throughout your journey,” Emirates added.

Image courtesy: Emirates website

Based in Dubai flydubai has said that as of today, passengers traveling to Dubai will not be required to wear a face mask on board their flight. Wearing a mask at the airport is also optional, the airline said on its website.

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Regarding outbound travelers, the airline said that from September 28, the requirement for passengers traveling to or through Dubai to wear a face mask will be determined by the rules in place at the final destination or transit point.

Image courtesy: Flydubai website

Abu Dhabi based Etihad Airwayshas meanwhile also relaxed its rules regarding masks on board.

“You only need to wear a mask when flying to China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Maldives, Philippines, South Korea, Seychelles or Canada,” the airline said on its website in reference to departing passengers.

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However, the airline has advised passengers to check the latest travel requirements on the website for more information.

Meanwhile, Dubai airports have announced that passengers will be able to relax from Wednesday 28 April.

“However, based on their specific requirements or the rules applicable at intermediate or final destinations, airlines may require passengers to wear the face mask on board if deemed necessary,” the airport operator said in a statement.

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The well-being of all our customers and employees is our top priority and Dubai Airports works closely with regulators, airlines and service partners to ensure a safe and healthy airport environment.

This week, UAE authorities relaxed mask rules across the country, making them optional in most open and closed facilities and spaces.

Officials also said wearing masks on flights is also no longer required, but airlines could enforce the directive if they deemed it necessary.

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