Emirates says it will not immediately begin uplifting Dubai-bound SA passengers from June 23, although Dubai is opening for South Africans from that date.
Dubai has eased restrictions from June 23 for passengers from South Africa who are fully vaccinated with vaccines approved by the UAE authorities.
The airline says its suspension of uplift of passengers will remain in force until the official date of resumption of passenger services on the route, on July 6. That is unless the airline issues an extension of the suspension beyond July 6 (and it has issued weekly or fortnightly extensions of the suspension of services since the first suspension was due to end on January 28, 2021).
SA consumer press quoted an Emirates announcement to the effect that it would resume uplifting passengers from Johannesburg to Dubai on June 23, and open bookings accordingly, but this was contradicted by information given to Travel News today.
However, when it is possible to fly from Johannesburg to Dubai, passengers originating in SA will need to carry a negative result from a PCR test taken within 48 hours before departure, but UAE citizens are exempt from this requirement.
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On arrival at Dubai Airport, passengers will be required to undergo another PCR test.
Transiting passengers will need to comply with the entry protocols of their final destinations.
Emirates suspended its passenger services between South Africa and Dubai on January 16, 2021, and then later reinstated daily flights between Johannesburg and Dubai, but with flights inbound to SA only allowing certain passengers on board. The outbound flights were for cargo only with no passenger uplift, and this situation will continue until the airline lifts the suspension.
Travel News will report back with more details as they become available.