UAE Travel Update


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Guidelines from Dubai Civil Aviation authority

India to UAE

Passenger Category allowed to Travel from India- UAE:

Passenger Category Permitted to travel from India to UAE:

  1. UAE nationals

  2.  ICA approved UAE residents

  3.  Any national of India/ Nepal/ Bhutan destined for UAE/ Africa/ South America only and holding a valid visa of the destination country.

  4. Passengers who were not in UAE for more than 180 days can return to Dubai within 31st March 2021, if their resident visa is valid with an approval from GDRFA.

    Passengers travelling on flights to UAE from India should have destined to UAE or any country in South America or Africa only.

For Passengers Travelling to UAE

  1. For all passengers 12 years old and above, a valid Negative COVID – 19 RT-PCR test report in the printed form is required. Passengers are required to take a COVID-19 RT- PCR test not more than 96 hours before departure. The 96-hour time frame for accepting the COVID-19 RT-PCR test starts from the date of sample/ swab collection.

    Passengers who have moderate or severe disability are exempted from COVID – 19 RT-PCR test for travel to Dubai and Abu Dhabi. 

    Dubai:All passengers except UAE Nationals must take two COVID‑19 PCR tests: one before departure with a validity of 96 hours from the date of the test, and a second test upon arrival in Dubai. UAE Nationals must take the COVID‑19 PCR test upon arrival in Dubai only.

    For passengers travelling to Sharjah, a Virtual Notification received through SMS or through ALHOSN Mobile Smart App is also acceptable.

  1. Health Declaration Form and Quarantine Undertaking form must be filled and submitted at the airport on arrival

  2. Dubai: Downloaded DXB Smart App.

    Abu Dhabi and Sharjah:  Downloaded ALHOSN Mobile Smart App.

For Resident Permit Holders Returning to Abu Dhabi and Sharjah –  The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship has made it MANDATORY for Resident Permit Holders returning to UAE to upload their data on the to verify the authenticity of travel documents. If you get a message in Green that you can proceed with the completion of your travel procedures; only then you will be allowed to travel.

Passengers holding residence visas from Al Ain and Abu Dhabi need to have ICA approval before arriving into Sharjah.

Download the advisory for passengers to Sharjah.

For Resident Permit Holders Returning to Dubai –  If you hold a residence visa from emirates other than Dubai; you must get the entry permission from the Federal Authority through the link which allows Residence from other emirates with valid resident visa to confirm entry/ re-entry to the UAE If you hold a Dubai residence visa you will need to obtain an entry/ Return Permit for Resident outside UAE before planning they return tribe to Dubai through the link

As per latest instructions received from Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, effective forthwith, only passengers holding valid residence visa are allowed to travel to Abu Dhabi. Entry of all other visa types are suspended.

Due to the institutional quarantine regulations, unaccompanied minors will not be accepted for travel to Abu Dhabi.

API Approval: In the event, a passenger who is required to have the API approval for travel and has not received it and thereby, is unable to travel, the passenger will be offered a free date change in the next available flight. Fare difference, if any, may be applicable.

For Indians with Tourist Visa of UAE and travelling to UAE (Dubai & Sharjah)- Passport and related documents accepted for entry must have a minimum 6 month validity from the arrival date. We recommend you purchase travel insurance that includes health coverage before your trip.

Dubai : All tourist/ visit visa holders or those planning to obtain a ” Visa on Arrival” must hold a valid return ticket to be accepted for travel. For more details, click here.

Sharjah : All tourists and visitors is required to have a mandatory international health insurance.

All passengers are required to check the UAE Government Authority Website for the latest updates on travel.

Download Health Declaration Form for Abu Dhabi (click here)

Download Health Declaration Form for Sharjah (click here)

Download Health Declaration Form for Dubai (click here)

Download Quarantine Undertaking form for Abu Dhabi (click here)

Click for GDRFA: Smart_OTCServicesPortal/ ReturnPermitServiceForm.aspx

Certified labs in India are available in the below-mentioned link:

If you’re travelling to the UAE…

Know these mandatory requirements for the Negative COVID-19 RT-PCR Medical Test:
1. The Negative COVID-19 RT-PCR Medical Test result should only be taken from ICMR/PURE HEALTH accredited laboratories. It is recommended that passengers travelling to Dubai obtain RT -PCR reports from Pure Health approved laboratories.
2. The test result should be issued, duly signed and stamped in English in the ORIGINAL LETTERHEAD of the testing lab(name and contact details of the laboratory/ health institute providing the report is mandatory).
3. The test result should NOT be handwritten or have corrections. Kindly note that photocopies of the results will NOT be accepted. Damaged reports will not be accepted.
4. The mandatory 96-hour time frame begins from the time/date the swab/sample was collected for test.
5. Only NASOPHARYNGEAL and OROPHARYNGEAL swab test analysed by Real-Time RT-PCR(Open System) is accepted.


As per Dubai Civil Aviation Authorities, RT-PCR Test done from the laboratories listed below will not be accepted.

1. Suryam Lab in Jaipur

2. Microhealth Lab in the cities of Kerala

3. Dr P. BHASIN Pathlabs(p) Ltd. in Delhi

4. Noble Diagnostic Centre in Delhi

5. 360 Diagnostic & Health. Services

It has been further recommended that passengers to Dubai may be advised to obtain pre-travel RT-PCR reports from Pure Health approved Laboratories.

UAE passport holders will be subjected to a PCR test on arrival at the Dubai airports and are not required to present PCR test certificate for travel to Dubai.


Other Information

Passengers must arrive at the airport four hours prior to departure, follow all measures to keep yourself protected at the airport and onboard the plane. Maintain social distance at all queuing points.

If the test result is positive, the passenger will be required to follow guidelines as issued by the authorities.  Mandatory requirements may need to be met at your own cost.

UAE to India

Passenger Category Permitted to travel from UAE to India:
1. Nationals of India/ Nepal/ Bhutan stranded in UAE/ Africa/ South America
2. All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders and Person of Indian origin (PIO) cardholders holding passports of any country
3. UAE nationals and nationals from Africa/ South America (including dependent with appropriate category of dependent visa) intending to visit India for any purpose except tourist visa.
Passengers travelling on flights from UAE to India should have originated travel from UAE or any country in South America or Africa only.

We have partnered with NMC Healthcare for passengers travelling from the UAE to India to take COVID-19 RT-PCR Test. To find out the cost and NMC Medical Centres/hospitals, click here.

Abu Dhabi:As per the Directives received from UAE MOH, effective 21st August 2020, all passengers departing from Abu Dhabi  are required to carry a Negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test certificate, with a validity of not more than 96 hours from the time of departure.

Dubai & Sharjah: COVID-19 RT-PCR test is only mandatory for the Indian destinations which requires the COVID -19 RT-PCR report.

Children under the age of 12 and passengers who have a moderate or severe disability are also exempt from this test.

Passengers who have undertaken COVID-19 RT-PCR test are exempt from undertaking the rapid test.

*The travel regulations are changing frequently. Please check the recent information before you travel.

*Passport information and Passenger Contact Details are mandatory while making bookings.

All international arriving passengers travelling to India must submit an online Self-Reporting Form through to declare their consent for self-paid institutional quarantine.



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