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    Last Updated : 07th May 2021
  • Open for Indians to Travel: YES

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

  • 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

  • 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 but selectively.

  • 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
  • *** Effective Sunday 31st January 2021 ***
  • All passengers arriving into DXB from any point of origin (GCC countries included) must hold a negative PCR test certicate, for which the test must be taken no more than 72 hours prior to time of departure.
  • 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
  • Mandatory quarantine duration for Indians: Dubai/ Sharjah: None, if on-arrival test is negative. Abu Dhabi: 10 days quarantine at home or hotel

  • 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.