Flying with Emirates? Wear a face mask and gloves says the airline

The Dubai airline also reminds passengers to follow social distancing rules when travelling

Passengers wear face masks to protect against the spread of the Coronavirus as they arrive on a flight from Asia, at Los Angeles International Airport, California, on February 2, 2020.  The US has declared a public health emergency and starting today February 2, is temporarily banning the entry of foreign nationals who had traveled to China over the past two weeks to contain the spread of a deadly new virus. In addition, any US citizen returning from Hubei, the province at the center of the outbreak, will be subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine in a facility. / AFP / Mark RALSTON

As Emirates gets set to launch a regular schedule of repatriation flights out of Dubai, the airline has told travellers to wear face masks and gloves when flying.

“Passengers are reminded to bring their own face masks, hand gloves and abide by social distancing rules,” states Emirates on its website.

The airline also advised travellers to be ready for enhanced security checks at Dubai Airport Terminal 2, where all flights will temporarily depart from. This includes thermal scanning for every passenger.

Cabin baggage restrictions

Anyone booking a special services flight with Emirates out of Dubai will be allocated very limited cabin baggage.

Travellers can bring a laptop, handbag, briefcase or baby items into the cabin, but any other items must be checked-in.

"Passengers are reminded to check-in and arrive three hours ahead of departure at Dubai Airport Terminal 2 to avoid any delays,” reads Emirates's website.

Book online, not via embassies

Until now, repatriation flights had to be booked via country-specific embassies. With booking now open on Emirates, travellers do not need to contact their embassy for any permission or documents to travel.

Those you want to fly out should check their eligibility before booking flights. Travel restriction information is constantly changing and is available to view via IATA's information page.

Emirates recently announced that it will begin flying passengers outbound from the UAE to select destinations. These include London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris, Zurich and Brussels. One-way fares to each destination start from Dh2,500 in Economy class.

The airline has also stepped up the cleaning of its aircraft to help fight the spread of Covid-19. All Emirates flights departing Dubai are cleaned and disinfected using approved chemicals that kill viruses and leave long-lasting protection on surfaces.

The National has reached out to Emirates for further details on in-flight measures taken in regards to social distancing.

'Stay safe, stay home, stay strong'

The airline's latest campaign is trying to help people remain positive in the current situation of self-isolation. Jumping to a post Covid-19 world, it asks people, "Do you remember, when they closed the schools and kids tried to learn online. And when we heard the terms social distancing for the very first time?"

The video concludes with: "Sometime soon we will be talking this way," and by advising people that, for now, they need to "Stay safe, stay home, stay strong."