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Last updated: 6 January 2017, 11:44 Dubai (GMT+4)

Advisory for customers traveling from Bandaranaike International Airport

Bandaranaike International Airport ( BIA) will have revised operational hours from 6 January to 6 April due to runway maintenance. Emirates would like to remind our customers traveling from Colombo to arrive at the airport early. Emirates check in counters will open 5 hours before departure and will close 90 minutes prior to flight departure. You can check your flight status for the latest information.

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Operational changes

Last updated: 4 February 2017, 17:40 Dubai (GMT+4)

Update on US entry requirements - 4th February 2017

As directed by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), nationals of the seven affected countries listed below and all refugees seeking admission presenting a valid, unexpired U.S. visa or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) card (Green Card) will be permitted to travel to the United States. 

Entry requirements to the U.S. may change, and travellers are advised to check the latest information prior to travel. 

Emirates will continue to comply with guidance provided by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Last updated: 28 January 2017, 22:07 Dubai (GMT+4)

Changes to entry requirements to the United States

The U.S Customs and Border Protection has issued an Immigration Advisory Notice with regards to new U.S immigration entry requirements affecting the nationals of the following countries:

Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen

Nationals from these countries may travel to the U.S. only if they are in possession of a permanent resident card (Green card) or any of the below visas:

  • A1 & A2 (Government Officials and immediate family)
  • C2 (Travel to U.N.)
  • G1 & G2 (Representative & employees of international organisations)
  • G3 & G4 (Representatives to and employees of international organisations)
  • NATO

For more information, please visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection site.

Emirates is offering rebooking and refund options for affected passengers who are booked to fly to/from the USA between 28 January and 28 February. Terms and conditions apply.

Please contact your booking agent if you need to change your travel arrangements.

Last updated: 8 November 2016, 15:27 Dubai (GMT+4)

Update on runway upgrade at Bandaranaike International Airport

From 6 January 2017, the runway at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) will be closed for upgrade works between 8.30am and 4.30pm daily for three months. We will temporarily cancel one of our daily flights to Dubai EK 655 and our daily flight to Singapore. If you are flying to Australia with us, you can connect via Dubai.

Rescheduled Flight Timings from Colombo to Dubai: 

  • Flight EK349 will depart at 0255 and arrive at 0555
  • Flight EK651 will depart at 0535 and arrive at 0840
  • Flight EK649 will depart at 2205 and arrive at 0105*
  • Flight EK653 (via MLE) will depart at 2015 and arrive at 0205*
Rescheduled Flight Timings from Dubai to Colombo:
  • Flight EK348 will depart at 1220 and arrive at 1805
  • Flight EK650 will depart at 2205 and arrive at 0405*
  • Flight EK648 will depart at 1420 and arrive at 2020
  • Flight EK652 (via MLE) will depart at 0940 and arrive at 1820

We would like to thank you for your continued support and regret any inconvenience that may be caused.

*Next day arrival.

Last updated: 25 April 2016, 11:06 Dubai (GMT+4)

UAE visa for GCC residence permit holders
As of 29 April 2016, GCC residence permit holders will need to apply for a UAE visa before arriving in Dubai.