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Quarantine-free destinations for Zimbabwean Emirates travellers

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EMIRATES’ customers from Zimbabwe can now enjoy quarantine-free travel to over eight destinations in Europe, Middle East and the United States.

The implementation of safe travel protocols, coupled with rapid Covid-19 vaccine rollouts in several countries, including Zimbabwe, have allowed an increasing number of tourist destinations to ease travel restrictions by removing the need to quarantine upon arrival.

Emirates will also boost its summer schedules with additional flights being introduced on high traffic routes. Additionally, with Emirates reactivating its partnership with flydubai, customers can also choose to travel across 168 destinations of the airline’s combined network.

“For those seeking a getaway to Europe, travellers can explore and experience the culture, architecture and gastronomy in Copenhagen, Moscow and Istanbul, while holidaymakers yearning a beach escape or romantic destination to relax and unwind, have the option to travel to the Maldives which is open to tourists,” the airline said yesterday.

“Choosing to either visit Dubai and make the best of a stopover, the city offers an eclectic mix of an ultra-modern city with the traditional, with endless entertainment and dining options as well as sightseeing and shopping to suit all tastes and budgets.

“In the United States, Emirates will continue to build its presence with the addition of Miami to its network this month and will operate over 70 weekly flights, offering over 26 000 seats across 12 gateways including New York, Los Angeles and Dallas.”

Emirates is slowly, but surely, resuming flights to various destinations, including Mauritius.

“Customers can also review the latest travel requirements to their booked destination, including whether forms, vaccination certificates or negative PCR tests are required on the Emirates Travel Hub, which has the latest information for every country on the airline’s route network,” it said.

“As an additional layer towards hassle-free travel, Emirates has introduced a touchless and paperless experience at the airport with contactless check-in, its biometric path and enhanced digital verification of Covid-19 medical information. The airline has sharpened its focus on technologies and services that optimise passenger processing to minimise queues, for a fast-tracked experience that prioritises safety and efficiency.”

Meanwhile, Emirates has announced it will restart passenger services to Mauritius soon with two weekly flights from 15 July, as the island-nation gradually re-opens its borders to international tourists.

To serve market demand, the airline has also announced it will deploy its iconic Emirates A380 aircraft to Mauritius starting 1 August.

Emirates’ flights to Mauritius will operate on Thursdays and Saturdays. Starting from 15 July, the route will be served utilising a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft and, from 1 August, utilising the Emirates A380 aircraft.

Emirates flight EK 701 will depart Dubai 2.35am and arrive in Mauritius at 9.10am local time. The return flight will operate on Fridays and Sundays. Emirates flight EK 704 will depart Mauritius at 11.10pm and arrive in Dubai at 5.45am local time, the following day.

The Emirates A380 experience remains a favourite amongst travellers for its spacious and comfortable cabins and the airline will continue to expand its deployment in line with the gradual return in demand. Emirates currently operates the A380 to New York JFK, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Toronto, Paris, Munich, Vienna, Frankfurt, Moscow, Amman, Cairo, and Guangzhou.

From white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, and luscious landscapes – Mauritius remains one the most popular holiday destinations, attracting travellers across the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East. Emirates passengers can also enjoy other Indian Ocean destinations, as the airline offers 28 weekly flights to Maldives and seven weekly flights to Seychelles.

From 15 July to 30 September 2021, Mauritius will open its borders to vaccinated passengers and Mauritian nationals.—STAFF WRITER.

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