UAE Travel Update

*Transit not allowed

India to UAE

*Visa on arrival facility is currently not available for passengers traveling to the UAE except Dubai (conditions apply)

The following passengers are permitted to travel from India to UAE:

Vaccinated UAE Residents

  1. Passengers having valid UAE resident visa, fully vaccinated in UAE, completed fourteen days after 2nd dose, holding official vaccination certificate issued and approved by relevant authorities in UAE are permitted to return to UAE.
  2. The vaccination certificate needs to be submitted through following portals:

For Dubai Visa Holders

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

For other UAE VISA holders

https://smartservices.ica.gov.ae/echannels/web/client/guest/index.html#/registerArrivals

UAE Residents / visitors are permitted to travel to UAE, if they are above 16 years old.

The following requirements shall be complied with for vaccinated residents/ visitors:

  1. The vaccine is approved for use by WHO
  2. They have taken full vaccination doses and
  3. They hold an entry permit issued by ICA or GDRFA as applicable

 UAE Residents Non-vaccinated passengers are limited to following categories:

  1. Heath care workers – Doctors, Nurses and Medical Technicians working in UAE.
  2. Staff in the educational sector in the UAE and teachers working in schools, universities and other education institutions
  3. Students currently studying in the UAE
  4. Staff of UAE Federal and local government and authorities
  5. Humanitarian cases with valid UAE resident permits, for family reunion.
  6. Passengers continuing medical therapy in UAE.

Other passenger categories permitted to travel to UAE:

  1. Businessmen and businesswomen provided they hold an approval from General Authority for the Security of Ports, Borders and Free Zones and Heads of higher committees of the Emergency, crisis and disaster management teams of the concerned Emirate.
  2. Employees belonging to vital functions according to the classification of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship.

India – Dubai

Holders all type of visa and/or entry permission granted by the appropriate authority in UAE (i.e. employment visa, short stay/ long stay visa, visit visa, residence visa newly issued etc.) are permitted to travel to Dubai.

Passengers travelling via Dubai can obtain a visa on arrival to enter Dubai for a maximum period of fourteen days, provided that they comply with the following:

a. The passenger must have a visitor visa or a green card issued by the Unites States or
b. The passenger is holding a Residence Permit issued by the United Kingdom or European Union
c. The holders of a valid visa issued by the United States, United Kingdom or European Union with a minimum validity period of six months

India – Abu Dhabi: All type of visas (tourist, residents and visit) issued by other Emirates are allowed to enter Abu Dhabi airport by adhering to the protocols.

 Pre Entry approvals for valid Resident Visa holders travelling to UAE:

Hold an approval granted by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship approval (ICA) though https://smartservices.ica.gov.ae/echannels/web/client/guest/index.html#/registerArrivals 

OR an approval granted by GDRFA to enter UAE through https://smart.gdrfad.gov.ae/Smart_OTCServicesPortal/ReturnPermitService.aspx

Golden/ silver visa holders are not required GDRFA/ ICA approval to travel to Dubai from India.

Travel Requirements for all passengers travelling to UAE:

  1. Negative RT-PCR test report having QR code, from authorized laboratories within 48 hours validity from the time of sample collection
  2. A rapid PCR test showing negative result performed within or in the vicinity of the airport and within 6 hours before the scheduled departure time of the flight.
  3. Passengers entering UAE shall:

i) Be subject to the required public health protocol upon arrival and any Naturalization and Residency conditions;

ii) Wear a monitoring and tracking device (do not apply to vaccinated passengers)

iii) Comply with a 10-day quarantine period (do not apply to vaccinated passengers) and

iv) Complete a PCR test upon arrival followed by two other PCR tests on the 4th day and 8th day after their arrival.

Travel Requirements for all passengers travelling to Dubai:

  1. Negative RT-PCR test report having QR code, from authorized laboratories within 48 hours validity from the time of sample collection and from scheduled time of departure. It must be from an approved health service which uses QR code System.
  2. Present a Rapid PCR test report that should be based on molecular diagnostic testing intended for the qualitative detection of nucleic acid for SARS-COV-2 viral RNA; conducted at the departure airport prior to 6 hours of departure, provided with QR code system.

Additional requirements for passengers arriving into Ras al-Khaimah:

1. 10 days home quarantine upon arrival
2. PCR test on the 4th and the 8th day after arrival in Ras al-Khaimah
3. Adherence to wearing the tracking watch on arrival

Additional requirements for passengers arriving into Abu Dhabi :

  1. Negative RT-PCR test report having QR code, from authorized laboratories within 48 hours validity from the time of sample collection and from scheduled time of departure. It must be from an approved health service which uses QR code System.
  2. PCR test upon arrival.
  3. Vaccinated passengers re-take PCR on day 4 and day 8 depending on duration of stay of passengers.
  4.  Non-vaccinated passengers are subject to 12 days institutional/ home quarantine and PCR test on the 6th and the 11th day after arrival.

Passengers who are less than 12 years old, are exempted from the above criteria for Abu Dhabi.

Process for verifying international vaccination certificates for passengers to Abu Dhabi :

  1. Passengers must to register in the Register Arrivals section of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) app or website : https://ica.gov.ae, complete the register arrivals form and upload an international vaccination certificate.
  2. They will receive an SMS including a link to download Alhosn app.
  3. On arrival into Abu Dhabi, passengers will receive a Unified Identification Number (UID) either at the airport or via ICA app or website.
  4. Passengers must download and register on the Alhosn app, using the UID and phone number used for ICA registration or when taking a PCR test in the UAE. Passengers will receive a one-time password (OTP) to complete the Alhosn app registration process.

*Passengers must ensure that they comply with all travel and health requirements of the destination country. If passengers are denied entry, they will have to bear the cost of penalty/ deportation.

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

Air India Express has partnered with HTK Medical Centre, Dubai, to make COVID-19 testing easier and hassle-free for its passengers.

Air India Express has partnered with THB Global Home Health Care, Dubai for providing RT-PCR tests for Covid-19 on a home/hotel collection basis at discounted rates of AED 125.

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.

IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR PASSENGERS BOARDING IX FLIGHTS FROM ABU DHABI

All Air India Express flights will be departing from Terminal 2, with effect from 14th April 2021 (1600 hrs), However, all the arrivals will be at Terminal 3, where each passenger will undergo an RT-PCR 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 https://www.newdelhiairport.in/airsuvidha/apho-registration to declare their consent for self-paid institutional quarantine.

*Passengers must ensure that they comply with all travel and health requirements of the destination country. If passengers are denied entry, they will have to bear the cost of penalty/ deportation.

Read Previous

“Our women employees have broken many stereotypes”

Read Next

IOSA Registration Renewed!

7 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

  • Flight india to Dubai details to update with mail

  • Hi Sir,

    Be informed that my UAE visa is expiring on 13 August, please allow me to travel to Dubai

  • DEAR SIR

    FOR TRAVELLING TO SHARJAH RTPCR REPORT IS REQUIRED FOR ABOVE WHICH AGES OF PASSENGERS. I MEAN CHILD BELOW 15 YEARS ALSO REQUIRED TO DO RTPCR WITHIN 48 HOURS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *