Emirates continues the long road to recovery, with the airline announcing an expansion of its South African network.
The airline will be expanding its operations in and out of South Africa, boosting its schedule to 28 weekly flights by October. This is the airline’s largest weekly schedule to South Africa since the start of the pandemic, which aims to bring more choices for customers wishing to visit Dubai, and through Dubai to the Emirates network of over 120 global destinations.
The ramp-up of operations will see double daily flights to Johannesburg, including the introduction of Emirates Airbus A380 on one of the daily flights, in addition to daily services to both Cape Town and Durban.
The new frequencies and capacity increases across all of the airline’s gateways in South Africa are effective from 31 October 2021.
In addition, from 1 January 2022, Emirates will serve Johannesburg with double daily A380 services.
The network expansion comes in response to a surge in customer demand to Dubai as tourist visas have opened up for all nationalities, in addition to the easing of restrictions across some destinations that now allow quarantine-free entry for South Africans.
Coming from South Africa?
If you are planning to travel from South Africa, travellers visiting Dubai must present a negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate with a QR code issued within 48 hours of the time the sample was collected at an approved local health facility.
Travellers to Dubai must also present a Rapid PCR test report with a QR code for a test conducted at the departure airport within six hours of departure. Passengers arriving in Dubai will be required to take another COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival at Dubai International airport.
All passengers transiting in Dubai must complete all the requirements of their final destination. Further information on entry requirements can be found here.
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