India-UAE Travel: When Will The Ban End? And Other FAQs Answered

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As you may already know that due to a huge surge in COVID-19 cases in India UAE has imposed travel restrictions on India and suspends all flights from India starting 24th April 2021.

Initially, the suspension was for 10 days but it keeps extending, and recently the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of UAE has issued a NOTAM and said that the flights from India and 13 other countries will remain suspended until 23:59 hrs. of July 21, 2021.

In the meantime, a lot of updates from various airlines are coming and create a lot of confusion among the travelers, so to clear the confusion we tried to answer all the FAQs on India-UAE Travel.

When Will The UAE Ban End?

As per the latest updates from Emirates and Etihad passenger flights to UAE from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh would be suspended until July 31. However, till now there is no official update from GCAA on the extension of flight suspension from India and other countries.

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Who Can Travel To UAE?

Only a select few categories of travelers have been left out of the scope of this ban, provided they adhere to COVID-19 protocols.

  • UAE Nationals and Citizens
  • Holders of UAE Golden Visas and Silver Visa
  • Members of Diplomatic Missions accredited by both countries
  • Official Delegates
  • Those travelling on business/private planes.*

*As per the guidelines by the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) only 8 passengers on business aircraft and private jets will be allowed irrespective of their actual capacity.

Is Flight Bookings Open From India to UAE?

Yes, many Indian airlines like Air India Express, SpiceJet, IndiGo, and Vistara have opened flight booking from India starting 22nd July;

But UAE’s national carrier Emirates and Etihad have suspended all their flights and now allowed passengers to make bookings for travel before 31st July.

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Should You Book Flights for UAE After 21st July?

Since the UAE authorities are yet to give official confirmation on the India-UAE flights’ resumption, we recommend not to book any flights because the UAE carriers are already hinted at another extension on the flight ban.

What Are The Requirements For Travelling To UAE?

  • Mandatory RT-PCR negative report 48hr before departure for DUBAI, Sharjah and ABU DHABI. Children under 12 years exempted from test.
  • The certificate 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.
  • Transiting Dubai RT-PCR with 72hr prior departure is accepted, further destination countries’ rule would apply.
  • Rapid Antigen or Rapid PCR test at the airport prior to departure
  • AED 2000 to be carried otherwise travel can be offloaded or deported from UAE.
  • Passengers must undergo COVID-19 PCR testing on arrival in Dubai, followed by two other PCR tests on the 4th day and 8th day of their quarantine period.
  • Dubai App – COVID-19 Dubai Smart App Android & iOS versions of the App. Sharjah and Abu Dhabi to download- ALHOSN APP.
  • Passengers must sign an indemnity document for a 10-day home or hotel quarantine, starting from the day of arrival.

Hope we have answered all your question regarding India-UAE travel if you have any other questions feel free to ask in the comment section below.


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