Emirates airline is operating limited passenger flights to carry travellers from select destinations back to the UAE, it said in a travel update on May 9.

Passengers travelling from destinations including Frankfurt and London Heathrow will be able to fly to Dubai with certain restrictions, which include approval from The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) via the UAE Twajudi Resident service before a flight is booked.

According to the website, flights are available from London Heathrow to Dubai on May 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28 and 31, from GBP559 for a one-way Economy ticket.

To check which flights are currently operating into Dubai, Emirates encouraged passengers to visit its Essential Travel destinations guide, which is being reviewed and updated.

Flights are only bookable through emirates.com, with items allowed onboard limited to laptop, handbag, briefcase or baby items; any other items will have to be checked in.

The destination cannot be changed and the ticket is non refundable after the flight has been booked. Upon arrival into Dubai, passengers should expect a mandatory DHA test on arrival; a mandatory 14-day quarantine and a follow up test before release.

On March 24, Dubai International Airport closed for two weeks as a 14-day flight ban into and out of the United Arab Emirates – with the exception of repatriation flights and cargo operations – was applied to curb the spread of the coronavirus.