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Important information about flights from Abu Dhabi to Beijing

22 March 2020, 08:00 AM


To help contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus, health and aviation authorities of the People’s Republic of China have mandated that all international airlines flying to Beijing must first land at another designated airport in China before continuing to Beijing.

Effective from Sunday 22 March, all Etihad Airways flights to Beijing will stop in the city of Xi’an, where passengers will be required to disembark for health screening, customs clearance and to claim their baggage.


Once cleared by the local authorities for entry into China, passengers will re-board the aircraft and baggage will be reloaded for the short flight to Beijing.


Please be aware that this mandated procedure, which is outside of Etihad’s control, will take between 10 and 14 hours.


This directive does not affect the return schedule from Beijing to Abu Dhabi.


Etihad Airways thanks its guests for their patience and understanding of this requirement, which has been introduced as a public health and safety measure.


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