Travelling somewhere special this Eid al Adha? You’re not the only one.

Emirates warns that this weekend is going to be a busy one for holidaymakers and advises everyone to arrive at the airport three hours before departure (regardless of class of travel). Be warned, that if you rock up less less than 60 minutes prior to your scheduled flight departure, you will be turned away.

Peak travel is expected to start this evening, with Thursday July 30, marking the busiest time for departures in Terminal 3. Passengers are encouraged to build in extra time to avoid any delays with expected traffic congestion.

Remember that you can check in online on both their desktops and mobile devices from 48 hours to 90 minutes before flight departure, but you have to stop by the Emirates check-in counters at the airport to collect boarding passes and to verify travel documents.


After checking in, keep an eye out for the information boards as all gates are timed to open 90 minutes in advance, with boarding commencing 45 minutes before each flight with gates closing 20 minutes before departure.

Travelling during these times can be confusing, so make sure to check out the airlines website for the latest requirements.


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Travelling back to Dubai

Note that from August 1, COVID-19 PCR tests taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure will be mandatory for all travellers arriving to Dubai or transiting in Dubai. This includes UAE citizens, residents and tourists, irrespective of the country they are coming from. In addition, travellers heading to the UK and Europe on Emirates will also be required to hold a negative PCR test certificate.

Peace of mind

Earlier it was announced that Emirates has committed to cover COVID-19 related medical expenses, free of cost, should they be diagnosed with COVID-19 during their travels abroad. The airline will cover medical expenses of up to Euro 150,000 and quarantine costs of Euro 100 per day for 14 days. This cover is immediately effective for customers flying on Emirates until 31 October 2020 (first flight to be completed on or before 31 October 2020), and is valid for 31 days from the moment they fly the first sector of their journey.

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