Smart Gates at the Dubai Airport and Dubai World Central will be closed from March 8 as a precautionary measure against Coronavirus.
8 March 2020| Last updated on 15 March 2020
The decision is part of the UAE's health authorities safety measures against Covid-19.
Smart gates at Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum International Airport will be closed for departing passengers only from Sunday 8th March until further notice, in a bid to limit the spread of Coronavirus in the UAE.
This applies to residents, citizens, and visitors. All passengers must go through immigration counters with their tickets and passports.
The directive came from the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority and the UAE's health authorities. Other health and safety measures that airports are following include thermal screening for passengers as well as nasal swabs carried out by the Dubai Health Authority for all flyers coming from Italy, Thailand, China, Lebanon, and Syria.
Flights to Saudi Arabia from the country have been restricted to airports in Jeddah, Riyadh, and Dammam.
Passengers who plan to travel to Kuwait from Dubai, and are nationals of/residents of/or recently visited India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Philippines, Bangladesh, Lebanon, and Syria will not be granted entry into the country.
Emirates Airlines announced a new waiver policy for all plane bookings from March 7 - 31.
Flyers who wish to change their travel plans without penalties must do so within an 11-month range within the same seat class. The waiver policy applies to tickets issued on and before March 4, 2020. Rebooking is allowed up to June 30, 2020.
All airline carriers are disinfecting flights that are arriving to and departing from the city.