How to Travel with Ethiopian Airlines Post-COVID

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Customers are advised to check travel restrictions of destination countries prior to arriving at the airport for a flight. Face masks will be mandatory for travel. Except for children under the age 2, all customers must keep their masks on throughout their journey.

All customer-facing staff will wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs). This includes ticket offices, airport and lounge staff, as well as cabin crew. Onboard service is redesigned to minimise contact while maintaining our African flavoured Ethiopian hospitality. Items, such as magazines, menus and other reading materials, that were traditionally shared will no longer be available.

Summary of measures that we’re taking to assure your wellbeing are as follows:

Before Departure:
  • Customers holding tickets purchased before August 31, 2020, and valid for travel until September 30, 2020, can rest assured that their tickets will be valid until 31 December 2021. Customers who have exchanged their tickets for vouchers can utilise the vouchers within one year. Our website and Global Contact Center (GCC) are optimised to handle such requests.
  • Physical distancing will be practised at all Ethiopian Airlines sales offices.
  • Customers are kindly requested to satisfy destination entry requirements such as health certificates and fill health declaration forms if required. Up to date destination entry requirements can be found on our website using the link https://www.ethiopianairlines.com/aa/travel-updates
  • Customers feeling unwell are strongly encouraged not to travel and travel only when feeling well. Unwell customers will not be allowed to enter the airport and will be denied boarding a flight.
  • All Ethiopian Airlines’ aircraft are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected prior to departing from the hub, and at turnaround stations.
At the Airport:
  • Enhanced health screenings including temperature checks will be conducted.
  • To ensure adequate social distancing, markings are placed through-out the terminal building and hand sanitisers will be available for use.
  • Passengers must check in their cabin baggage. They’re allowed to bring onboard only essential items such as laptops, handbags, briefcases, and baby items.
  • All checked-in bags will be sanitised before being loaded onto the aircraft.
  • To reduce contact between customers, boarding will be done in an orderly manner by seat rows starting from the back of the aircraft towards the front.
At the Lounge:
  • Physical distancing will be practised in all Ethiopian owned and operated lounges.
  • Hand sanitisers will be available for use
  • To minimise contact, meal and drink will be self-service in the lounges. Cutlery is sterilised before each use.
  • In business class, complimentary hygiene kits that include masks, antibacterial wipes, and hand sanitizer will be provided.
  • In economy masks, hand sanitizers and antibacterial wipes will be available on demand.
  • “Comfort items” such as pillows, blankets, headphones, and toys are hygienically sealed.
  • Onboard Lavatories will be sanitised frequently during the flight.
  • We have changed our meal service to minimize contact. But the African flavoured Ethiopian hospitality you’re accustomed to will continue to be evident throughout. Cutlery is sterilised before each use.
  • Menu’s, Magazines and newspapers will not be available onboard.
  • Crew are trained to handle flight operations in a COVID-19 travel world.

As countries continue to open their borders and relax travel restrictions, Ethiopian is ready to increase frequencies to accommodate the demand by focusing on the wellbeing of customers and staff. Ethiopian Airlines is happy to welcome back business and leisure travellers.

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