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Dubai Travel Guidelines

    Last Updated : 29th November 2021 / As of now no new update till date
  • Open for Indians to Travel: YES

  • RTPCR Test & Vaccination
  • 48 Hrs Prior with QR Code

  • E Visas / Paper Visas
  • Visa processing takes around 4 working days

  • Who can travel?
  • Passengers (vaccinated or not) with all types of visa and/or entry permissions granted by the appropriate authority in the United Arab Emirates permitted to travel to Dubai from Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Liberia, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia
  • Conditions:
  • 1st test –RT PCR with 48 hrs from departure of flights.
  • 2nd test – 6 hrs prior to departure on Airport (Mandatory)
  • 3rd test – Arrival in UAE mandatory (Free of cost as of now).
  • 4th test – All customers including children & infants shall be mandatorily required to upload COVID-19 negative RT-PCR on AIR Suvidha Portal. Test should have been taken within 72 hours of the departure.
  • 5th test – In case the customer’s journey ends at first port of entry into India, they need to undergo molecular test upon arrival at their own cost and proceed towards home quarantine/self-health monitoring. They are not required to wait for test results. (Approx. INR 500)
  • In case of onward connection, customers shall have to wait for the RT-PCR test results. Onward journey shall be permitted only if the test results is negative

  • Health Screening
  • 72hrs prior to departure from India 48 hrs prior to departure from Dubai RT PCR test cost is approximately AED 60-80 per person Child under age of 1 no test needed
  • Effective 23 June 2021 Dubai Supreme Committee of Crisis And Disaster Management has introduced a new protocol
    • Residents should have received 2 doses of a Vaccine approved by UAE Authority
    • Passengers must have received a negative test result for a PCT Test taken within 48 hours before departure. UAE citizens are exempted
    • Only QR Coded PCR Test result Certificates are accepted
    • All passengers should take a Rapid PCR Test 4 hours prior to Departure
    • All passenger must undergo a PCR Test on Arrival at Dubai Airport
    • Passengers should undergo Institutionalized Quarantine until they receive their PCR Test results , which is expected within 24 hours. UAE citizens and
  • Diplomats are exempted.

  • OPERATING STATUS
  • As per the latest update received dated 06th May 2021 - all travellers departing from India are suspended for tourism until 31st May - unless they stay for 14 days in some other country before arriving into Dubai

  • Can Indian travel to the UAE?
  • YES

  • Eligibilty

  • From India to UAE:
  • i. UAE nationals.
  • ii. ICA approved UAE residents.
  • iii. Any Indian national or national of Nepal or Bhutan destined for UAE or any country in South America or Africa only and holding a valid visa of the destination country. It would be for the airlines concerned to ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian/Nepalese/Bhutanese nationals to enter the destination country before issue of ticket/boarding pass to the Indian/Nepalese/Bhutanese passenger.

  • From UAE to India:
  • i. Indian nationals or nationals of Nepal or Bhutan stranded in UAE or in any country in South America or Africa;
  • ii. All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders and Person of Indian Origin (PIO) cardholders holding passports of any country; and
  • iii. UAE nationals and foreign nationals (from any country in South America or Africa only) intending to visit India for any purpose (including their dependents on appropriate category of dependent visa) except those on Tourist Visa.
  • Passengers traveling on flights from India to UAE should be destined for UAE or any country in South America or Africa only. Similarly, only passengers originating from UAE or any country in South America or Africa should be allowed to travel on flights from UAE to India.

  • Passenger Obligation
  • Mandatory RT-PCR nega've report taken before departure for DUBAI its 48 Hrs., for Sharjah its 72hrs & 96Hrs for ABU DHABI Children under 12 years exempted from test. The cer'ficate issued shall be duly signed and stamped by relevant authorized lab and must be in English or Arabic, must have QR code on original report. Transi'ng Dubai RT-PCR with 72hr prior departure is accepted, further countries' rule would apply.
  • 2nd RT-PCR test to be done upon arrival
  • UAE nationals are exempt from the above, however they will be required to take a PCR test on arrival at DXB.
  • All passengers are required to
    • Fill in the Declaration Form before arriving at DXB
    • Download the COVID – 19 DXB smart App before departure
    • Print Negative COVID- 19 Certicate and PCR test no later than 96 hours before departure. Children under 12 and passengers with moderate to severe disabilities are exempt from PCR.
    • All Negative Covid-19 Certicate must be signed and stamped by a healthcare provider (Digital stamp and signatures are acceptable).
    • Undergo PCR test DXB arrivals and self-isolate until results
    • Tourist with valid visa or visa on arrival are not required to get any approvals from GDRFA or ICA
    • Tourists are required to be holding a valid round-trip ticket from the country of origin
    • Tourists are required to have a hotel booking/address proof, and sufcient funds to cover daily expenses during their stay.
    • All passengers travelling must download and register on the ALHOSN app (click here).
    • Those travelling to Dubai must also download and register on the DXB Smart App.
    • It is mandatory to download and submit a Health Declaration Form here and here and a Quarantine Undertaking Form here while entering UAE.
    • The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has listed laboratories that perform the real- time RT-PCR test, the TrueNat test, and the CBNAAT test for Covid-19 across the country.

  • Quarantine Protocol
  • 14 Days Quarantine if tested positive on arrival

  • Mandatory Quarantine & Testing Rules
  • For Dubai:
  • All passengers (including those from GCC countries) must carry a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate taken no more than 72 hours before departure.
  • Indian passengers must take another COVID-19 PCR test on arrival at the airport.
  • UAE nationals are exempted from pre-departure test, but they must take COVID-19 PCR test on arrival at the airport.
  • For Sharjah:
  • Passengers must carry a COVID-19 PCR test report conducted not more than 96 hours before flight departure.
  • They must undergo another COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and self-quarantine till the test results are available.
  • For Abu Dhabi:
  • Passengers must carry a COVID-19 PCR test report, with the test conducted not more than 96 hours before flight departure.
  • They must take another COVID-19 PCR test on arrival at the airport and another on day 8 of quarantine.
  • Passengers flying from the UK must get the COVID-19 PCR test done not more than 72 hours before departure.
  • Passengers who are travelling from countries exempted from quarantine (this list does not include India) should undergo a COVID-19 PCR test on day 6 and day 12 of arrival.
  • Children under the age of 12 and passengers with disabilities are exempted from the COVID-19 PCR tests.

  • Events and Activities
  • Live Entertainment -
  • Live entertainment and activities are allowed to be held in restaurants, cafes and shopping malls for a trial period of one month (extendable) starting 17 May on the condition that the latest precautionary measures are observed and performers and entertainers have taken the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • All entertainment facilities and venues can have an increased capacity of 70% while hotels can raise their occupancy ceiling to 100%.
  • The Supreme Committee stressed that it continues to be mandatory for people attending events and activities to wear face masks and observe minimum physical distancing of two metres.
  • Weddings -
  • Wedding events are allowed to be held with the maximum attendance capped at 100 for wedding venues/hotels; all attendees and staff should have received the COVID-19 vaccination. Attendance at wedding events at homes is capped at 30; all attendees should strictly observe updated precautionary measures, including social distancing rules and wearing of masks.
  • Eateries -
  • The maximum number of people allowed to sit on a single table at restaurants has been increased to 10. Coffee shops can have a maximum of six people per table. Restaurants are allowed to resume brunches with strict observance of updated precautionary measures outlined by authorities.
  • Bars -
  • For a one-month extendable trial period starting 17 May 2021, bars will be permitted to re-open, provided all customers and staff have received the COVID-19 vaccine. The latest precautionary measures must be stringently observed, as required under the permit type.
  • Events and Dinners -
  • Permits will also be given for community sports events, concerts and social and institutional events like gala dinners and award ceremonies for a trial period of one month (extendable) starting from 17 May on the condition that attendees and participants have been vaccinated for COVID-19 and observe the latest precautionary measures as required under the permit type.
  • Sports Events -
  • Fans and spectators will also be able to attend sports events provided all attendees, participants and staff have received the COVID-19 vaccine. The attendance capacity for these permitted events should not exceed 70%. The maximum attendance allowed for such events that receive permits after the updated precautionary measures come into effect on 17 May, is 1,500 for indoor events and 2,500 for outdoor events.

  • Dubai Travel Guidelines FAQ’s
  • Is RT PCR test required before travel from India? If yes how many days prior?
  • YES, 48 hours
  • Any rapid antigen test required at India airport? If yes how many hrs prior?
  • Within 6 hours of flight
  • What proof is to be carried when travelling to Dubai?
  • A valid negative COVID 19 PCR test certificate with a QR code issued within 48 hours of the time the sample was collected from an approved health facility
  • A rapid PCR test report with a QR code for a test conducted at the departure airport within six hours of departure
  • Would tourists require to take a PCR test on arrival in Dubai?
  • YES
  • Guidelines whilst staying in Dubai (hotel / transfers / etc)
  • Till the results are out for the test done at dubai airport the guests have to quarantine in their room
  • Wear masks at all timess
  • Maintain distance
  • Are Non Vaccinated Children allowed? If yes, what are the guidelines (as vaccinations for children 18 yrs and below hasn’t begun in India)
  • There is no clarity we expect clarity in the coming days
  • For Vaccinated Customers – do they still require a negative RTPCR Test?
  • YES
  • Are pregnant ladies allowed to travel if they are not vaccinated?
  • There is no clarity we expect clarity in the coming days

  • Airlines Operating
  • Emirates, Etihad, Indigo,Air Arabia, Go Air

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