Taipei An Emirates Airline plane arrived at Taoyuan International Airport late Wednesday, marking the first regular Emirates flight to Taiwan since the Dubai-based carrier resumed its services between the two countries amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Flight EK367 landed at around 9:25 p.m. after departing from Dubai at 9 p.m. Dubai time. The return flight EK366 is scheduled to take off at around 11:45 p.m. Wednesday and is expected to arrive in Dubai at around 4:15 a.m. Thursday.
On June 8, Emirates announced that it would resume some flights between Dubai and Taipei from June 15 after the United Arab Emirates government disclosed its plans to lift restrictions on transit passenger services.
Taipei is one of the 16 destinations to which Emirates has resumed flights from Dubai, starting June 15. Other destinations include Zurich, Vienna, Amsterdam, New York JFK, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong.
In the initial phase of the flight resumption, the carrier will provide three round-trip flights to serve the Taipei-Dubai route per week on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
For the flights to Taipei, Emirates uses a wide-body Boeing 777-300ER.
However, with travel restrictions still in place in most countries, passengers are reminded to check entry and exit requirements before their journeys, the airline added.
Stringent entry restrictions to Dubai remain in place, including a mandatory coronavirus test by the Dubai health authorities and 14 days of quarantine upon arrival, as well as a follow-up test before the end of quarantine, according to Emirates.
Meanwhile, all passengers arriving in Taiwan are required to undergo mandatory 14-day quarantine.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel