With Emirates recommencing scheduled passenger flights from this week starting May 21 and Etihad increasing the frequency of their inbound and outbound flights, travel is picking up.

However, we can’t forget the world is still in the middle of a pandemic, and your airport experience, particularly in the UAE, will be different than you’re used to.

Well, luckily we’ve been given an insight into what it will be like with a video released by the Abu Dhabi Media Office, showcasing the “new arrival and departure process of passengers travelling through” Abu Dhabi Airport.

This will include sterilisation gates, protective screens at check-in, heat motion sensors, unmasked tracking, ‘fit to travel’ stickers and more.


“In addition to passing through state-of-the-art SterixGates, travellers will be required to adhere to a range of precautionary measures and undergo various forms of thermal screening and testing,” the Abu Dhabi Media Office said of precautionary measures.

“Depending on the destination to which the passenger is travelling, they may be directed to Terminal 1, where a COVID-19 rapid antibody test will be conducted by a qualified health professional.”

The concluded reiterating that those who are travelling into Abu Dhabi will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Recently the CEO of Dubai Airport, Paul Griffiths, also outlined what he believes international air travel will look like for the foreseeable future: temperature screening, face masks, on-the-spot COVID-19 testing, robust deep cleaning and sanitisation and social distancing is what will be the norm until there is a vaccine.

 “The COVID-19 pandemic is of a very different nature than any previous crisis in that it has affected supply, demand and health security and by extension the entire global economy,” Griffiths said, according to UAE state agency WAM. “We’re dealing with a monster here for which we clearly have to find a solution.

“Until there is a proven level of confidence medically that people can travel without fear of spreading or contracting the virus, the situation we find ourselves in is likely to continue.”

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