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Emirates is not quite back to offering the 157 destinations it served before the coronavirus pandemic, but the Dubai airline’s network is gradually making its way.

It is set to serve more than 70 destinations in August, with Cebu and Houston the latest to be reinstated.

The airline also announced this week that it will serve 74 destinations from September, with flights resuming to Birmingham from Tuesday, September 1.

Others to have recently been added to Emirates’ network include the Seychelles, Kuwait, Lisbon, Nairobi, Baghdad and Peshawar. You can see the full destination list in the slideshow above.

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So, for residents in need of a summer break and change of scenery, there are now plenty of options available, whether it is to the Far East or America, a beach resort for some rest and relaxation or a city for some history and culture.

Passengers are urged, however, to check entry requirements for destinations as these are being constantly updated.

Who needs a Covid-19 test before flying to Dubai?

Those flying to Dubai from any destination must have a Covid-19 PCR test before travelling. This applies to UAE citizens, residents and tourists.

It also applies to transit passengers who do not plan to leave the airport.

Emirates flights are operating with enhanced hygiene and safety rules, including compulsory face masks.

Where can I get a Covid-19 test before returning to the UAE?

An extensive list of clinics and labs have been identified around the world at which travellers can take the test and be issued with a certificate stating they are Covid-free. You can find the list here

Airline offering Covid-19 medical insurance

Emirates has introduced a number of measures to protect travellers when flying with the airline.
Emirates has introduced a number of measures to protect travellers when flying with the airline.

Emirates is offering free cover for Covid-19-related costs to all travellers on any flight departing between now and October 31.

Valid for 31 days from the first sector of each journey, it covers travellers for medical costs, quarantine expenses and repatriation costs if they have the virus diagnosed when travelling.

The cover does not extend to Covid-19 tests and all travellers flying to the UAE must be tested for the virus before flying, from approved clinics where available. Some visitors will undergo secondary tests for the virus at Dubai International Airport.

The A380 is back in the skies

The superjumbo is back after a four-month hiatus. It is currently flying to Paris and London and will be added to the Amsterdam route from Saturday, August 1.

What is the ticket policy for Emirates flights?

Emirates has revised its booking policies so that customers whose travel plans are disrupted by Covid-19 related flight or travel restrictions can hold on to their ticket for up to 24 months.

They can alternatively request travel vouchers to offset against future Emirates purchases, or request refunds via an online form on Emirates’s website or via their travel booking agent.