UAE Travel Update


*In accordance with the COVID-19 protocols laid out by the Government of India, all passengers are requested to wear masks properly by covering their nose and mouth, throughout the travel. Passengers wearing masks incorrectly or violating the protocols inside the aircraft may be deboarded and will not be allowed to travel. Failure to comply with the regulations shall invite action under Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR) Section 3 Series M Part VI.

Kindly follow the COVID-19 regulations strictly for your safety and hassle-free travel.

**With immediate effect, all passengers travelling to Abu Dhabi shall mandatorily fill up the Travel Self Declaration form before flight departure from its origin. The form shall be submitted on arrival in Abu Dhabi

Download the travel declaration form from here

IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR PASSENGERS TO DUBAI

As per the advisory issued by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), the copy of the COVID-19 PCR test report submitted by passengers must have QR code linking to their original test report. Also, the time of sample collection (date and time of sample collection) and sample reporting (date and time of test result) must be mentioned accurately. These enhanced measures for PCR test report authentication will be implemented with immediate effect.

Download latest travel update for Dubai

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

Guidelines from Dubai Civil Aviation authority

India to 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.

Effective Friday 09th April 2021 at 00:01hrs, inbound passenger movement to Dubai from South Africa, is extended for further period of 14 days (except members of the diplomatic missions, UAE nationals and those passengers exempted and/or granted permission to enter UAE by the appropriate authorities) and who have travelled to and/or visited South Africa within (14) days prior to the entry in to the UAE and whose final destination is Dubai will not be accepted for travel.

For Passengers Travelling to UAE

1. For all passengers 12 years and above, a valid Negative COVID – 19 RT-PCR test report in the printed form is required.

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.

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

3. 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 uaeentry.ica.gov.ae 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 uaeentry.ica.gov.ae 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 Smart.gdrfad.gov.ae

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.

As per the advisory issued by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), the copy of the COVID-19 PCR test report submitted by passengers must have QR code linking to their original test report. Also, the time of sample collection (date and time of sample collection) and sample reporting (date and time of test result) must be mentioned accurately. These enhanced measures for PCR test report authentication will be implemented with immediate effect.

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: https://smart.gdrfad.gov.ae/ Smart_OTCServicesPortal/ ReturnPermitServiceForm.aspx

Certified labs in India are available in the below-mentioned link: https://www.icmr.gov.in/pdf/covid/labs/COVID_Testing_Labs_10072020.pdf

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 72-hour time frame begins from the time/date the swab/sample was collected for the test.
5. Only NASOPHARYNGEAL and OROPHARYNGEAL swab test analysed by Real-Time RT-PCR(Open System) is accepted.

***IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR PASSENGERS TO DUBAI***

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

1. Suryam Lab in Jaipur

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

3. Noble Diagnostic Centre in Delhi

4. 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.

Protocols effective from 31st January 2021

For passengers arriving Dubai

  1. UAE citizens will be required to do a PCR test only on arrival in Dubai regardless of the country they are coming from.
  2. UAE residents, GCC citizens and visitors traveling to Dubai will need to do a pre-travel PCR test, irrespective of the country they are coming from. Arrivals from some countries (based on the COVID-19 situation there) may be required to undergo an additional test when landing in Dubai.
  3. Validity period of PCR tests has been reduced from 96 hours to 72 hours.

UAE to India

All passengers departing from UAE to India are required to carry a Negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test certificate, with a validity of not more than 72 hours from the time of departure.

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.

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

Effective 31st January 2021, a Rapid PCR or Rapid Antigen test will be available at the airport for travelers departing from Dubai if their destination country requires it.

*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 https://www.newdelhiairport.in/airsuvidha/apho-registration to declare their consent for self-paid institutional quarantine.

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4 Comments

  • I TAKE NEW RESIDENCE VISA FOR MY WIFE AND CHILD ,BUT IT NOT STAMPED IN PASSPORT .THEY SHOULD ENTER IN DUBAI TO STAMP VISA IN PASSPORT.I CAN TAKE TICKET THROUGH VANDEBHARATH MISION FROM COK TO DUBAI

  • UAE ICA entry permit with covid test result, valid passport, valid visa , valid emirates id with these all I could not travel today. 16 others also could not travel from Kochin to Abudhabi. Is there any reason ?

  • Dear Sir/Madam,

    My colleague took air India express confirmed air ticket to travel on 19th Aug 2020 from Kozhikode to Abu Dhabi, hence today he received a message as “we will consider the possibility of rescheduling your travel date after 60 days in order to preserve your safety, we thank and appreciating your understanding”

    So as per above message having any restriction for his travel back to UAE ?
    once your confirmation only he can decide to carry out Covid test or not !!!

    your early confirmation will be highly appreciated.

    Best Regards,

  • WE HAVE BOOKED AIR INDIA EXPRESS TICKET ON 25-08-2020 FROM DUBAI TO KANNUR BUT NOT THROUGH VANDE BHARAT MISSION FLIGHT. WHEN I CHECKING THE SITE THEIR WAS TWO OPTION ONE IS VANDE BHARAT MISSION AND THE OTHER ONE AL OTHER INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT I CHOOSE THE SECOND ONE. KINDLY LET ME KNOW I CAN TRAVEL WITHOUT ANY FAIL

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