Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 23 September 2020

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Emirates to resume flights to Amman from September

The Dubai airline will fly to the Jordanian capital daily

Emirates will add the Jordanian capital back to its flight network on September 8. Unsplash
Emirates will add the Jordanian capital back to its flight network on September 8. Unsplash

Emirates will resume flights to Amman this month, bringing the number of destinations on its network back up to 82.

The Dubai airline will begin passenger services to the Jordanian capital on Tuesday, September 8, meaning it will serve eight cities in the Gulf and Middle East as of this month, including Kuwait, Beirut and Basra.

The three-hour flights between Dubai and Amman will operate daily on a Boeing 777-300ER, departing the UAE at 3pm and arriving in Jordan at 4.55pm local time. The return flight will leave Amman at 7pm, and arrive in Dubai at 11pm local time.

"Passengers flying to and from Jordan have to meet the requirements of their destination," Emirates said as it announced the news.

On July 21, Jordan's government announced that it was preparing to open up Queen Alia International Airport to scheduled commercial flights from select countries.

The country has implemented social distancing regulations and mandatory mask-wearing for all residents and visitors.

On arrival, visitors must provide contact details and complete health declaration and locator forms, as well as install the Aman.jo application on their mobile phone.

"Under current guidance, all inbound passengers will be required to quarantine at least 14 days upon arrival," the US Embassy in Jordan reported last month.

More details about Jordan's arrival requirements, including if PCR tests are required before or on arrival, will be announced on the visitjordan.gov.jo portal, which is expected to go live in the near future.

Emirates gradually resuming operations

The airline most recently announced it was resuming flights to Thailand, as well as five cities in Africa – Conakry in Guinea, Dakar in Senegal, Accra in Ghana, Abidjan on the Ivory Coast and Lusaka, Zambia's capital.

Travellers must show a negative Covid-19 PCR test certificate before being accepted on any Emirates flight arriving or transiting in Dubai. These tests results cannot be substituted for laser test results or any other type of test.

Last month, Emirates' chief operating officer, Adel Al Redha, said the airline hopes to have its full network of 143 destinations operational by summer next year.

Free Covid-19 travel protection

All Emirates passengers will be given a complimentary hygiene kit before boarding flights. Transit passengers can request a new kit before boarding connecting flights. Courtesy Emirates
All Emirates passengers will be given a complimentary hygiene kit before boarding flights. Transit passengers can request a new kit before boarding connecting flights. Courtesy Emirates

Emirates is offering free cover for Covid-19 related costs to all travellers on any flight departing between now and October 31, 2020.

Valid for 31 days from the first sector of each journey, it covers travellers for medical costs, quarantine expenses and repatriation costs if they are diagnosed with the virus when travelling.

The cover does not extend to Covid-19 tests and all travellers flying to the UAE must be tested for the virus before flying, from approved clinics where available. Some visitors will undergo secondary tests for the virus at Dubai International Airport.

Passengers leaving Dubai for Europe, or to any destination where it is mandatory, will also need to take another Covid-19 test before they can board a flight.

All travellers are advised to check the latest requirements for their country of origin and their intended destination regularly before travelling because rules and restrictions can change with very little notice.

Updated: September 4, 2020 03:09 PM

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