UAE Travel Update


 *These bookings are non-refundable. No transit allowed.

Guidelines from Dubai Civil Aviation authority

India to UAE

Passenger Category allowed to Travel from India- UAE:

  1. UAE Nationals

  2. Resident Permit Holder having a stamped RP in the passport returning to UAE only.

  3. Indian Nationals with any Valid Visa of UAE travelling to Dubai &Sharjah 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, from a government-approved laboratory in India (ICMR) or a Certified  designated laboratory which is available on website 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. 

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

    For passengers travelling to Dubai, the COVID-19 RT-PCR negative test report must have the name and contact details of the providing laboratory/ health institute. The report must be in English or translated to English and must be signed and stamped by a Healthcare provider. Damaged reports will not be accepted.

  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 UAE –  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.

If you hold a Dubai residence visa and you are flying back to Dubai, you must have return approval from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA). Other emirates residence visa holders travelling to Dubai require no ICA approval on the condition that they get ‘OK TO BOARD’ status.

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.

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

Download Health Declaration Form for Abu Dhabi and Sharjah (click here)

Download Health Declaration Form for Dubai (click here)

Download Quarantine Undertaking form for Dubai (click here)

Download Quarantine Undertaking form for Sharjah and 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.
2. The test result should be issued, duly signed and stamped in English in the ORIGINAL LETTERHEAD of the testing lab.
3. The test result should NOT be handwritten or have corrections. Kindly note that photocopies of the results will NOT be accepted.
4. The mandatory 96-hour time frame begins from the time/date the swab/sample was collected for test.
5. True NAT/CB-NAAT methodology is not being accepted currently. Only NASOPHARYNGEAL and OROPHARYNGEAL swab test analysed by Real-Time RT-PCR(Open System) is accepted.

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

Any Indian National who desires to travel from UAE to India, in our Air Bubble flights, can now book their tickets by visiting our website or through our authorized Travel Agents or City Office.

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.

OCI cardholders holding UAE passports and UAE nationals who are eligible to enter India as per Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30.06.2020 can also travel from UAE to India. Please refer the MHA website for more details.

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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