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Review: Emirates


Flying long-haul during Covid

  • By SilverTraveller James64

    1 review

  • December 2020
  • Manchester
  • Dubai
  • Family including children under 16
  • Business / Club

307 people found this review helpful

My family and I have just experienced our first long haul flight for over a year, our last trip being Barbados before the pandemic. I have to congratulate Emirates for their service as the experience was as near to normal as it could get. Check in at Manchester was smooth, the lounge had just reopened that day (16th December) and all social distancing measures explained at the lounge reception. There is no longer a buffet, a host takes you to you seating area, the menu is accessible via a QR code (easier than I thought) and a good selection of food and drink available. Boarding was seamless (although busy) and onboard there were subtle changes. Cabin crew wore PPE. There were no magazines. A travel hygiene kit containing spare masks, sanitiser gel and antiseptic wipes were handed out. Menus still offered and very little difference to the usual meal service other than bread whilst fresh came in individual wrappers. All passengers adhered to wearing masks onboard. All in all felt very safe and as near to normal as one could expect during the current climate.

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  • James64
    about 1 year ago
    At check in were asked if Dubai was our final destination, we confirmed this. The check-in staff member then asked if we’d had our tests - again we confirmed this but weren’t asked to produce them until we arrived in Dubai. You don’t need a certificate to fly now to Dubai (but can be tested up to 96 hours before departure) as they offer a free test on arrival if you’ve not had a test in the UK. Although we didn’t want to take the risk!
  • Debbie
    about 1 year ago
    That’s very reassuring to read. Thank you.
    Did you have to show proof of a negative Covid test result within 72 hours at check in?