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Emirates to resume flights from five African countries

Emirates has announced that it will resume flights from five African countries on 29th January 2022.

Starting 29th January 2022, Emirates will once again operate flights from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania; Nairobi, Kenya; Harare, Zimbabwe and from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban in South Africa. The move follows the UAE’s relaxation of travel bans which had been imposed in order to stop the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

Passengers travelling from these destinations can connect on to Emirates’ flight to its various destinations in Europe, Middle East, the Americas, West Asia and Australasia.

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Flights between Dubai and South Africa will operate as a daily flight to and from Johannesburg, effective 29th January 2022 and double daily services from 1st February 2022. Flights to and from Cape Town and Durban will operate daily from 1st February 2022. Flights’ details are:

South Africa:

  • Emirates flight EK 761 departs Dubai at 0440hrs, arriving in Johannesburg at 1055hrs. EK 762 departs Johannesburg at 1325hrs, arriving in Dubai at 2345hrs. The second daily flight, EK 763, departs Dubai at 1005hrs, arriving in Johannesburg at 1630hrs. The return flight, EK 764, leaves Johannesburg at 1850hrs, arriving in Dubai at 0505hrs the next day.
  • EK 772 from Dubai to Cape Town departs at 0355hrs, arriving in Cape Town at 1145hrs. EK 771leaves Cape Town at 1825hrs, arriving in Dubai at 0555hrs the next day. EK 775 departs Dubai at 1035hrs, arriving in Durban at 1705hrs, and EK 776 takes off from Durban at 1900hrs, arriving in Dubai at 0515hrs the next day.


  • Emirates will operate 10 weekly flights to Nairobi from 29th January 2022. EK 719 and EK720 will operate on Sunday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, taking off from Dubai at 0935hrs and arriving in Nairobi at 1345hrs, in turn leaving Nairobi at 1530hrs, and landing in Dubai at 2130hrs. EK 721 and 722 will fly on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday with EK 721 taking off from Dubai at 0210hrs, arriving in Nairobi at 0620hrs. EK 722 will leave Nairobi at 2355hrs, arriving in Dubai at 0555hrs.


  • Emirates flights to Addis Ababa will operate daily from 30 January, with EK 723 taking off from Dubai at 0925hrs, arriving in Addis Ababa at 1240hrs. EK 724 leaves Addis Ababa at 1505hrs, arriving in Dubai at 2015hrs.


  • Emirates will operate to Dar Es Salaam with five flights a week from 30 January. EK 725 will take off from Dubai at 0930hrs, arriving in Dar Es Salaam at 1355hrs. EK 726 will leave Dar Es Salaam at 1525hrs, landing in Dubai at 2150hrs.


  • Emirates will operate to Harare with six weekly flights linked to its Lusaka service from 30 January. EK 713 leaves Dubai at 0920 hrs, with a stop in Lusaka, and arrives in Harare at 1700hrs. EK 714 takes off from Harare at 1845hrs, stopping in Lusaka, and continuing on to Dubai to arrive at 0625hrs the next day.

All passengers travelling on Emirates flight from these countries with Dubai as their final destination are required to present a COVID-19 RT-PCR test conducted within 48 hours. Passengers must present a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate with a QR code for a test conducted at an approved facility, and validity must be calculated from the time the sample was collected. Upon arrival in Dubai, passengers will undergo an additional COVID-19 RT-PCR test and remain in self quarantine until the results of the test are received.

Passengers travelling from these destinations and transiting in Dubai are required to follow the rules and requirements of their final destination.

Meanwhile, in December 2021, Emirates announced plans to reopen over 20 dedicated airport lounges across its network.

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