Etihad passengers must present a flu vaccination certificate


All travelers flying from the United Arab Emirates to Jeddah with Etihad Airlines You must have a certificate showing that you received the flu vaccine to travel. The airline confirmed this in a statement.

This rule follows the announcement of the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) that pilgrims traveling to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj and Umrah must be vaccinated against flu starting March 26.

“Health authorities in the United Arab Emirates require all Etihad Airways passengers traveling from Abu Dhabi to Jeddah to have a flu vaccination certificate starting Tuesday, March 26 and until further notice.”

the airline stated.

Passengers must present their flu vaccination certificate for inspection at check-in, either on paper or on a UAE-approved digital health application.

However, the statement clarified that some people are exempt from this requirement.

“The regulation does not apply to transit passengers whose journey does not start in the UAE, residents of Saudi Arabia with proof of residency or people arriving in the UAE from Jeddah.”

Etihad Airlines emphasized that the safety and well-being of its passengers and crew are its top priorities.

The United Arab Emirates Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) He clarified that people who received the flu vaccine during the last year are exempt from receiving a new vaccine. Approved vaccination cards can be obtained through the Al Hosn app and shown at travel checkpoints.

Other airlines

aerial arabia has advised passengers traveling from the United Arab Emirates to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah to consider getting a flu vaccine before travel, as indicated in a document issued to travel agents.

Similarly, some travel agencies have reported receiving similar circulars from other airlines, such as Saudia.

Waiting for a response from Emirates Airlines for comments.

Since Tuesday’s announcement, many passengers are unsure of their travel plans. Travel agents also shared concerns about how the rules would affect those entering Saudi Arabia on multiple entry visas.

“Many visitors to Saudi Arabia now choose the multiple entry tourist visa,”

an agent explained.

“Many of them perform their Umrah with this visa. It is not clear how the mandatory vaccine will be applied to these people.”

News Source: Khaleej Times


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