China Suspends ALL Inbound Etihad Airways And SriLankan Airlines Flights Due To High COVID-19 Positive Cases
China’s aviation regulator announced on Wednesday, August 12 that it will be suspending all Etihad Airways flights from flying its Abu Dhabi-Shanghai route and China Eastern Airlines from operating its Manila-Shanghai route each for a week, starting from August 17. Furthermore, China will also halt SriLankan Airlines’ Colombo-Shanghai route for FOUR weeks from August 17.
This decision was made by the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) after several passengers tested positive for COVID-19 from the last couple of flights from the mentioned airlines.
6 passengers testest on August 3 on an EY862 flight operated by Etihad Airways
Meanwhile, 6 positive cases were reported from a China Eastern Airlines MU212 flight on August 5 and 23 positive cases on a SriLankan Airlines UL866 flight on August gave 7 according to a statement posted on the website of the CAAC.
Following this update, Etihad has amended its travel regulations for future flights to Shanghai
- Passengers must now show a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued within 48 hours of departure from Abu Dhabi. (Previously the requirement was 96 hours before departure.)
- All travellers must be able to show the airline negative test results before boarding, including children and infants. (Previously this rule did not apply to children under 12.)
The PCR test must be carried out by a clinic authorized by the local government or designated by the Chinese Embassy in their departure country.
PLEASE NOTE: If travelling from the UAE, Etihad Airways will ONLY accept a COIVD-19 PCR test result from Mediclinic and SEHA screening facilities.
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