Thursday, 1 October 2020

Emirates brings in self check-in kiosks in Dubai

The Dubai based mega-carrier,  Emirates has introduced self-check-in and bag drop kiosks in Terminal 3 at its home base in an effort to offer a more seamless airport experience.
Photo Emirates

The new machines at Terminal 3, Dubai International Airport will be available to customers travelling to all destinations except to the US, Canada, China, India and Hong Kong due to additional requirements from these destinations.

The 16 new self-service bag drop machines and 8 self-service kiosks complement the desks manned by Emirates check-in agents to reduce waiting time for customers during peak periods and improve the customer experience in Dubai. More self-services facilities are planned to be added in the coming months.

The kiosks allow customers to check-in, receive their boarding pass, choose seats on board, and drop off their bags.​ While Emirates staff will be on hand for any assistance required, the facilities are fully self- service, allowing customers to breeze through the airport and proceed directly to immigration. The facilities are cleaned and disinfected regularly and hand sanitisers are also available for customers to use.

In normal times I rather enjoy the old style of checking in at a desk with an operator, for me it really does make the start of a journey,  but perhaps that more a romantic notion or recollection these days.  That little interaction was a foretaste of what was to come,  the time I said goodbye to my luggage often with a nagging doubt bubbling in the back of my mind wondering if I'd ever see that my blue case ever again.  However, in recent times self-check-in machines are a lot more common, indeed some airlines offer no other options and now with this hideous virus, the less chance for contagion, the better as far as I'm concerned.  I applaud Emirates for introducing these new machines, making the journey a little less personal, but a fair bit safer -  as long as you sanitize your fingers after use!  

The new offering is part of Emirates’ continued investment in product and service to provide an unmatched travel experience on the ground and onboard. The solution was developed in house at Emirates in collaboration with Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects and Dubai Airports. The self-check-in kiosks will be continually upgraded to offer new features in the future including going touchless and allowing customers to make re-bookings on their own.
Automated check-in and bag drop Emirates style                                                          Photo Emirates. 

Flexibility and assurance: Emirates' booking policies offer customers flexibility and confidence to plan their travel. Customers who purchase an Emirates ticket for travel on or before 31 March 2021, can enjoy generous rebooking terms and options, if they have to change their travel plans. Customers have options to change their travel dates, extend their ticket validity for 2 years, or convert their ticket into a travel voucher to use against any future flight-related purchase for themselves or their family and friends. More information here. 

COVID-19 PCR testing: Emirates customers who require a COVID-19 PCR test certificate prior to departure from Dubai, can avail of special rates at the American Hospital and their satellite clinics across Dubai by simply presenting their ticket or boarding pass. Home or office testing is also available, with results in 48 hours. More information on

Free, global cover for COVID-19 related costs: Customers can now travel with confidence, as Emirates has committed to cover COVID-19 related medical expenses, free of cost, should they be diagnosed with COVID-19 during their travel while they are away from home. This cover is immediately effective for customers flying on Emirates until 31 December 2020, and is valid for 31 days from the moment they fly the first sector of their journey. This means Emirates customers can continue to benefit from the added assurance of this cover, even if they travel onwards to another city after arriving at their Emirates destination. For more details: 

Health and safety: Emirates has implemented a comprehensive set of measures at every step of the customer journey to ensure the safety of its customers and employees on the ground and in the air, including the distribution of complimentary hygiene kits containing masks, gloves, hand sanitiser and antibacterial wipes to all customers. For more information on these measures and the services available on each flight, visit:

Tourist entry requirements: For more information on entry requirements for international visitors to Dubai visit:

Dubai residents can check the latest travel requirements at:

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