The country’s airlines have clarified the instructions that passengers must follow while on the plane and according to the destination
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After more than two and a half years of Covid-19 prevention measures, social distancing guidelines and strict face mask rules, the UAE finally got rid of its mandatory mask requirements in almost all public and indoor spaces on September 28.
Following an announcement by the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA), Dubai Airports opted to require passengers at Dubai International (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC) to wear masks.
Now Abu Dhabi International Airport has also announced that wearing a mask is optional for all passengers traveling through the airport. The authority continues to follow Covid-19 precautions, including social distancing, sterilization and prevention guidelines.
According to the airport, it is up to the airlines to determine the optional or mandatory use of a mask on the plane. Previously, all airlines operating in the UAE have confirmed that masks are not mandatory for passengers on board.
However, Etihad Airways said masks are only required for passengers flying to China, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Maldives, the Philippines, South Korea, the Seychelles or Canada.
Emirates and Flydubai had also clarified that passengers traveling from or transiting Dubai airports will be subject to their destination’s Covid safety rules throughout the journey. This means that if the final destination requires the use of masks, the airline will ask passengers to wear a face shield.