Trip Report: Longhaul in the Covid Era
- After Dubai began welcoming tourists again on July 7, Skift contributor and veteran road warrior Colin Nagy took the bait.
He describes his Emirates flight from an eerily quiet New York JFK airport, where McDonald’s was the only cuisine on offer. Just to get on the flight, Nagy had to present proof of negative test results for Covid-19, taken within four days (96 hours) of takeoff. He purchased travel insurance beforehand, and even global evacuation insurance in the case of emergency. In addition, Emirates itself offers coverage for any medical- or quarantine-related costs associated with Covid-19. Onboard, passengers received hygiene kits with sanitizer and protective gloves. Flight attendants were outfitted with protective gear like face masks, goggles, and gloves.
Nagy’s pre-flight Covid test absolved him from having to take another upon arrival in Dubai. People from selected high-risk cities had to take a test there and quarantine for 12-to-48 hours until getting the results. Nagy did opt to pay about $150 for a local doctor to come to his hotel and administer a test—results came back about nine hours later. The return trip too, went smoothly and safely.