COVID-19: Etihad Airways to resume flights from Pakistan to Abu Dhabi on July 16

Disneyland Paris is set to reopen its gates to guests today (15 July) after four months of closure following the coronavirus pandemic.

The phased reopening includes both theme parks (Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park), Disney’s Newport Bay Club hotel and Disney Village.

In line with guidance from the French government and local health authorities, the Parisian resort has implemented a range of measures aimed at keeping guests and cast members – the title Disney gives to staff – safe.

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This includes limited attendance, physical distancing and enhanced cleaning measures, plus the mandatory wearing of face coverings for all employees and guests aged 11 and above.

Visitors must comply with social distancing rules when queueing for rides, while more than 2,000 sanitising and hand washing stations have been installed throughout the resort.

Even season ticket holders are required to purchase tickets in advance and reserve a time to arrive at the park.

On rides, empty spaces will be left between different parties.

Children’s playgrounds, traditional character meet and greets and makeover experiences will remain temporarily unavailable.

The traditional Disney Illumination parade also remains cancelled.

Restaurant seating capacity has been reduced and takeaway options introduced, with booking “highly recommended” for all table service restaurants.

In an effort to encourage compliance, enhanced health and safety training has also been given to all cast members.

Guests are being asked to participate in a “voluntary self-health screening prior to a visit to Disneyland Paris”.

This involves confirming that all parties are not experiencing Covid-19 symptoms, are not under self-quarantine orders and have not been in contact with someone with confirmed or suspected coronavirus symptoms without completing a 14-day quarantine.

Advice on the resort’s website reads: “Guests who cannot confirm all of the above criteria must not visit Disneyland Paris.”

“The resort will continually adjust operations and health and safety measures as the situation evolves and in accordance with guidance from French authorities,” it adds.

Dubai: Etihad Airways has announced the resumption of flights from Pakistan, providing more options for passengers to travel to Abu Dhabi and beyond, to other international destinations.

“Starting from July 16, you can travel from Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore via Abu Dhabi to worldwide destinations. Our planes will be landing at more than 50 destinations in July and August, connecting the world through our home in Abu Dhabi,” said a message sent by the airline to its customers.

COVID-19 test

The airline, however, reminded the passengers travelling from Pakistan to complete a COVID-19 PCR test from Chugtai Lab only, a maximum 96 hours ahead of travel and be able to present a negative test result report before they fly from Pakistan to the UAE.

12 weekly flights

The airline will operate 12 flights a week, of which seven flights will be operated from Lahore, two from Islamabad and three flights from Karachi, Pakistani media reported.

The airline has already been flying passengers from UAE to Pakistan. Regular flight operations had been suspended in Pakistan on March 21 due to coronavirus pandemic.

Emirates airline and Pakistan International Airlines have already started regular flight operation to and from Pakistan early this month.

Travel guidelines for Pakistani passengers

Booking your flight

Book your flight at or your local travel agent. Only UAE Residents will be able to enter Abu Dhabi and you must have ICA approval before you can fly, Etihad Airways said on its website.

We recommend that you do not book your flight until you have received ICA approval, which can be secured at Those transferring in Abu Dhabi to onwards destinations must ensure they are compliant with the regulations of their final destination.

Negative COVID-19 test mandatory to travel

You must complete a COVID-19 PCR test ahead of travel and be able to present a negative test result before you fly. Your negative test result must be issued no more than 96 hours prior to arriving in Abu Dhabi. Children up to the age of 12 years do not need to complete the PCR test if they are travelling with their parents. Test results will only be accepted from an authorised Chughtai testing lab.

Arrive at the airport in plenty of time

We recommend you arrive at the airport check-in 3 hours prior to departure. Please ensure you wear a facemask and gloves at all times, observe social distancing and use hand sanitiser regularly. Remember to bring your negative PCR test certificate and ICA approval with you.

Arriving and transferring in Abu Dhabi

• Those arriving in Abu Dhabi must hold a valid UAE resident visa and ICA approval number – you will not be permitted to enter the UAE otherwise. You will be required to undertake PCR and thermal testing when you arrive in Abu Dhabi, and are required to self-isolate for 14 days.

• Those transferring in Abu Dhabi must adhere to the airport guidelines.

Prepare to check-in

• Check-in opens 3 hours prior to your departure time.

• Show your negative PCR certificate when you check-in and ensure you have downloaded the UAE Al Hosn App.

• You will only be allowed to carry a personal item on board, such as a handbag, backpack or laptop bag.

This can weigh up to 5kg. You can check-in your remaining cabin baggage free. This applies if you are flying in Economy, Business or First class.

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