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Coronavirus: Over 6,500 expats have returned to UAE

A senior official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that 317 outbound air repatriations have taken place

Coronavirus: Over 6,500 expats have returned to UAE

More than 6,500 foreigners have returned to the UAE since it began allowing residents to return in the wake of strict Covid-19 restrictions, according to media reports.

On March 23, flights were suspended to and from the UAE, although Emiratis and Etihad have been involved in repatriation flights for foreign nationals in the UAE who hope to go home.

A limited number of inbound flights began only in May, exclusively for passengers who have government approval.

“A total of 6,504 foreign nationals have already returned to the UAE on-board the UAE national carriers,” Dr. Khaled Al-Mazrouei, assistant undersecretary of consular affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was quoted as saying by Al Arabiya English.

According to Al-Mazrouei, 317 air repatriations have taken place so far, with a total of 74,745 repatriates.

A further 112 outbound repatriation flights are expected in the coming days, he added.

Earlier on Wednesday, Dubai’s Emirates announced that it will  operate scheduled flight services to nine destinations around the world from May 21.

In a statement, Emirates said that it would resume flights to London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Chicago, Toronto, Sydney and Melbourne.

Additionally, the airline will also offer connections in Dubai for customers travelling between the UK and Australia.

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