Bookings Open For India-UAE Flights From July 31 To August 15


Air India Express, on the Thursday evening, announced that the flights from India to Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah will restart from today (July 31).

The airline has opened bookings for flights between India and the UAE on the return leg of the repatriation flights under the Vande Bharat Mission.

The news is a welcome respite for many residents who have been stranded in India since March.

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However, the booking is now open for residence visa holders with ICA or GDRFA approval and a valid Covid 19 PCR test printed-report from a state-approved laboratory.

The airline has instructed passengers not to travel with expired ICA or GDRFA permits.

Its’s blog states: “It will not be accepted at check-in. The passenger has to apply afresh for entry into UAE.”

In addition, only passengers with a residence permit who have a stamped copy in their passport can book from India to the UAE.

  • Please note that Bookings are non-refundable.

Air India is offering flights from various cities in India, including Kochi, Delhi, Mangaluru, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad.



Is Covid-19 PCR test mandatory to travel to UAE?

  • For the return trip to Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, a valid negative Covid 19 PCR test report from a government approved laboratory is required, which shouldn’t be older than 96 hours before the departure.
  • Children under the age of 12 are currently exempt from Covid-19 PCR tests when traveling to Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the Covid 19 PCR tests if they travel to Dubai with effect from August 1.


  • When you arrive in Dubai, you need to do a PCR test at the airport and stay in your residence until you get the test result.
  • If the test result is positive, you need to isolate yourself and follow the guidelines of the Dubai Health Authority.

Abu Dhabi

  • PCR tests and temperature screening are carried out at Abu Dhabi airport.


  • PCR test on arrival.

Wear Mask. Follow Social Distancing. Stay Safe. Have a safe Journey!


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Manish Khandelwal
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