UAE removes mask-wearing requirements on flights

UAE removes mask-wearing requirements on flights

The mask rules of the final travel destination will still apply throughout journeys

The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority has eased Covid-19-related restrictions across the UAE.

Emirates, Flydubai and Etihad Airways have all announced that passengers are no longer required to wear a mask on flights to Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

The announcement is in line with updated rules regarding mask-wearing within the country, where masks are no longer required, unless in hospitals, places of worship or on public transport. Citizens have also been asked to wear face masks if they suspect they may have Covid-19. 

Following the announcement by the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, Dubai-based Emirates stated on its website: “Wearing a face mask is optional in the UAE and on Emirates flights.” 

The airline further clarified: “If you are travelling from or transiting through Dubai International, the mask rules of your destination will apply throughout your journey.”

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Low-cost carrier Flydubai put out a similar statement saying that passengers travelling to Dubai do not need to wear a face mask while on board their flight and that wearing a mask at the airport is also optional. 

However, requirements for passengers travelling from or through Dubai to wear face masks is determined by the rules applicable at the final destination or transit point.

Dubai Airports has stated that it is no longer mandatory for passengers to wear face masks at Dubai International (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC).


In Abu Dhabi, Etihad Airways has also relaxed its onboard mask-wearing regulations. Referring to outbound travel, the airline stated: “You’ll only need to wear a mask if you’re flying to China, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Maldives, Philippines, South Korea, the Seychelles or Canada.”

According to officials, although wearing masks on flights is also no longer a requirement, airlines can enforce it if deemed necessary. Passengers are advised to check the latest travel requirements on the website of their chosen airline for more information.

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