Etihad resumes flights to Dhaka following pull out two years back

_A Monitor Report01 Sep, 2020 | 532 Views|-+
Dhaka : Etihad Airways which left the Bangladesh market two years back on September 30, 2018, has decided to come back with resumption of flight operations on October 8, 2020. An announcement in this regard, addressed to trade partners in Bangladesh, said, "We've got some good news - your guests can now travel from Dhaka to Abu Dhabi effective October 8. We will operate passenger flights from Dhaka, operating twice weekly and connecting via Abu Dhabi to Europe and North America. As our network continues to grow, we're updating our flight schedules regularly to make sure you stay connected with the world."

This is no doubt, good news for the travellers from Bangladesh, especially under current highly restricted travel situation, all over the world. The air travellers from Bangladesh will have the choice of flying from Dhaka to Abu Dhabi and onward to New York, Chicago, Toronto, London, Milan, Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt and many other cities. The twice weekly flight will depart from Abu Dhabi on every Wednesday and Saturday at 19:25 local time and depart Dhaka on every Thursday and Sunday.

Arriving into Abu Dhabi

On arrival into Abu Dhabi, all guests must self-isolate for 14 days. The health authorities will evaluate the most appropriate location for their 14-day quarantine; either at home, in a hotel or at accommodation provided by the authorities.

Guests will be required to wear a medically approved wristband for the duration of their quarantine. The wristband will be provided by the authorities at Abu Dhabi Airport after they clear immigration. Guests are exempt from having to wear the wristband if they: (1) Are under the age of 18 or over the age of 69. (2) Suffer from a mental disability. (3) Live in a nursing home or long-term care facility. (4) Suffer from Chronic rheumatologic conditions and (5) Hold a diplomatic passport.

All guests are required to repeat a COVID-19 PCR test on day 12 of quarantine. Subject to a negative test result, their wristband will be removed on day 14. Children under 12 are exempt from testing unless they show symptoms of coronavirus.

Those who are going to other countries via Abu Dhabi will be required to follow rules of the destination country.

Everyone's wellness

The announcement said that wherever Etihad guests are flying to, they can travel there with confidence, thanks to its COVID-19 wellness cover - just one way the airline is keeping everyone protected with Etihad Wellness. If passengers are diagnosed with COVID-19 whilst they're away, the airline will take care of their medical expenses and quarantine costs. COVID-19 wellness cover is included with every ticket for travel until December 31, 2020.

Destination requirements

Travel regulations are changing daily around the world and the airline is asking that all passengers check to stay up to date with the latest guidelines before they travel. COVID-19 PCR testing is mandatory before travelling on any Etihad Airways flight. Tests can be carried out at any government accredited medical facility. Depending on where passenger is flying to or from, the test must be carried out between 48 and 96 hours ahead of their flight departure time.

There are also a number of country-specific regulations that guests need to be aware of, including the requirement of antibody testing and government quarantine. The airline is providing online information in this regard.

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