Emirates resumes flights to Australia at full capacity

Emirates is increasing flight capacity from Dubai to Brisbane from 16 December, in line with local authorities’ easing of restrictions on international travel after the state achieved its target of achieving an 80 per cent double-dose vaccination rate. From 5 February, Emirates flights to Perth will also operate at full capacity for vaccination-eligible passengers.

With the return to full capacity on inbound international flights to Queensland, the EK430 flight from Dubai to Brisbane can carry more than 350 passengers per flight and will operate on a Boeing 777-300ER in a three-class configuration. Emirates is also increasing weekly capacity on this route by increasing the frequency of EK430/431 flights between Dubai and Brisbane to five times a week from 1 January 2022, with the possibility of increasing this frequency depending on demand.

Meanwhile, the EK420/421 flight frequency between Dubai and Perth will also increase to five times a week to accommodate more Australian citizens and residents returning home, as well as international travellers planning to visit the Western Australian destination.

 In Brisbane, compliant international travellers will no longer have to be quarantined in government facilities and can now self-isolate at home based on a series of requirements set by the Queensland government. In addition, vaccinated travellers arriving in Perth will not be subject to quarantine, but will need to follow Western Australia’s guidelines for international arrivals with proof of fully vaccinated status.

To successfully board Emirates flights to Brisbane, passengers must be Australian citizens, permanent residents or next of kin, and provide proof that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with the TGA-approved vaccine. Passengers must also provide a negative PCR test result for COVID-19 within three days of their scheduled departure date from their destination.

To comply with home quarantine requirements prescribed by Queensland authorities, passengers must also undergo additional PCR tests on the first and twelfth day of quarantine and at any other time during quarantine when symptoms of COVID-19 appear.

Eligible travellers must apply for and obtain a Queensland International Arrivals Registration in addition to submitting a Declaration of Travel to Australia before entering Queensland.

The easing of Western Australian border restrictions will allow vaccinated international travellers to enter Perth without having to undergo quarantine on arrival. Passengers must provide a negative PCR test result for COVID-19 with an expiry date of 72 hours before departing for Perth. Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 with a TGA-approved vaccine is also required for entry clearance. Passengers must apply for a G2G Pass prior to travel.

Western Australian regulations require arriving international passengers to test positive for COVID 19 within 48 hours of arrival and within 6 days of arrival in Perth.

For more information on entry requirements to Australia, COVID-19 pre-departure test requirements and mandatory documentation, customers can find more information on the Travel Requirements page on emirates.com. Customers are strongly advised to check the applicable requirements prior to booking as they are subject to change by the Federal and State Governments of Australia.

Emirates continued its services throughout the pandemic, despite the challenges posed by the restrictions, and provided an important link to home for more than 93,000 Australians stranded overseas. The movement of essential goods also continued uninterrupted during the pandemic through freight services, maintaining vital trade links between Australia and the world and providing invaluable support to Australian businesses during difficult times.

Emirates currently operates flights to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth as well as more than 120 destinations worldwide.

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