DUBAI 7 June 2021: With Spain welcoming fully vaccinated international visitors starting from tomorrow, UAE travelers planning their summer getaways can now choose from over 30 cities in 19 countries across the Emirates network that have opened their doors for tourism and business. From July, Emirates will operate over 280 weekly flights from Dubai to cities in Europe, the US, Middle East, Africa, and other popular island getaways, for travelers who want to start their long-awaited adventures and experiences this summer without the hassle, cost or stress of quarantine.
Spain is the latest European country to welcome back tourists. From 7 June, tourists will be able to enter Spain if they have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days before date of travel, or can present their COVID-19 PCR tests taken 48 hours prior to arrival. Travelers will need to physically provide their vaccination certificates upon arrival, and must have received vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), or one of the vaccines included in the WHO’s Emergency Use Listing, including the Pfizer BioNTech, Sinopharm and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines. Unvaccinated children under the age of six will be allowed entry together with their vaccinated parents. Children over the age of six must present a negative PCR test. International passengers must also complete the Health Control Form (FCS) online prior to arrival.
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Emirates is currently offering 5 weekly flights to Madrid and 4 flights a week to Barcelona with additional flights being planned in line with increasing demand.
More countries are taking steps towards opening their borders for travel and tourism to and from the UAE, as vaccination programs advance and protocols for safe travel are implemented. Emirates will continue to ramp up its operations as demand returns and support the jump-start of tourism across its network as more travel corridors open, benefitting travelers with quarantine-free travel at both ends of their journey.
In Europe, Emirates customers can enjoy convenient, quarantine free travel to: Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Russia, Turkey, Spain, and France (from 9 June).
In the Middle East, customers can make up for lost time and reconnect with friends and family, or experience history with Emirates’ expanding flight schedules to: Jordan, Lebanon, Bahrain, and Egypt.
For those yearning for a beach escape, Emirates offers convenient flight schedules to: The Maldives, Seychelles, and Phuket from 2 July.
In Africa, travelers can explore the diverse experiences and spectacular cities and resorts across: Kenya, Tanzania, Morocco.
The United States, with its rapid vaccination roll-out, has also become increasingly popular for tourists. Emirates flies to 11 US destinations, and will be adding Miami as its 12th gateway on 21 July. The airline is also deploying its flagship and customer favorite, the A380 aircraft, to several points including New York and Los Angeles this summer.
Mexico City also remains open for tourists and business travelers, and Emirates will be resuming services from 2 July.
Emirates continues to enhance its partnership with fly-dubai, stepping up its joint network and schedule offering to 48 cities across 33 countries with quarantine-free entry this summer, providing more options than any other airline in the region.
For an even more seamless journey, the airline is also scaling up its IATA Travel Pass capabilities on its flights to Barcelona, Moscow, Istanbul, New York JFK, Madrid and from London Heathrow with plans to scale up across all of its flights by July, in addition to offering customers travelling from Dubai paperless verification of Covid-19 related medical records through its partnership with the Dubai Health Authority.
Etihad Airways announces routes to Mykonos, Santorini, Malaga
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, will launch seasonal flights to Greece’s most popular islands, Mykonos and Santorini, and the famous southern Spanish city of Malaga in Andalusia.
Mykonos will operate between 8 July and 11 September 2021 and Santorini between 9 July and 12 September 2021. Both destinations will benefit from a twice weekly direct service on an Airbus A320.
With a safe travel corridor established between the UAE and Greece, fully vaccinated individuals now have more opportunities to enjoy quarantine free travel. Travelers can enjoy Mykonos’ Mediterranean cuisine or admire Santorini’s unique architecture. Just over four hours from Abu Dhabi, Etihad’s new flights to the Greek islands complement the airline’s existing service to Athens.
As Spain prepares to reopen to international vaccinated travelers from 7 June 2021, Etihad will launch new flights to Malaga, twice a week, between 9 July and 15 September 2021. Flights to Malaga will operate using a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, offering Economy Space and Neighbour-free seating options.
The new service will provide greater choice and convenience for leisure travelers between the UAE and Spain, with Etihad now serving three destinations between the two countries – Barcelona, Madrid and Malaga.
For Etihad Guest Members wanting to redeem their well-earned miles, Mykonos, Santorini and Malaga are ideal destinations. Members have access to best value seats with their miles, plus countless hotel and car partners to suit their travel needs.
As border restrictions ease and safe travel corridors are implemented, Etihad continues to broaden its network by adding services and frequencies across key markets. Today’s announcement on the Greek Islands and Malaga follows the recent resumption of services to Athens, Casablanca, Nairobi, Phuket, Rabat and Seychelles.
To simplify the travel experience and provide additional peace of mind, Etihad recently launched Verified to Fly, allowing guests to validate their Covid-19 travel documents before arriving at the airport. Travelers who use Verified to Fly can enjoy fast track check-in at the airport by going to the dedicated Verified to Fly desk for a quicker and smoother experience. To use the Verified to Fly service, guests can sign-up by visiting Manage my Booking and will receive further information on how to submit their documents.
Air Arabia Abu Dhabi launches new service to Sarajevo
Air Arabia Abu Dhabi has announced the introduction of a new service to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina with direct flights from Abu Dhabi starting on 12th July, 2021.
Abu Dhabi has evolved as a strong hub that connects passengers from the capital to other destinations by offering highly competitive prices, through the launch of Air Arabia Abu Dhabi, a joint venture between Air Arabia and Etihad Airways.
The new service represents the 11th route for Air Arabia Abu Dhabi since the launch of the carrier’s service from Abu Dhabi International Airport in Q3, 2020.
Customers can now book their direct flights between Abu Dhabi and Sarajevo by visiting Air Arabia’s website, by calling the call centre or through travel agencies.
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