Traveling To UAE? Here Is The Detailed Guidelines, Requirements For Travel


As you may already know that starting from 05th August the UAE Govt has allowed entry of passengers with valid UAE resident visas can travel from India to and through UAE.

However, all passengers must need to follow the guidelines and fulfill all the requirements set by the UAE authorities.

It is important to note that the UAE’s National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority last week announced revised guidelines for travelers. The new guideline has comes into effect starting from 15th August 2021.

India to UAE Travel

As per the revised guidelines issued by the authorities, passengers with valid UAE resident visas will be accepted to travel from India to UAE subject to holding the following documents:

  • For UAE Residence Visa Holders issued from Dubai and traveling to Dubai: “Return Permit for Resident outside UAE form” which is issued to the passenger(s) from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) through:
  • For UAE Resident VISA holders traveling to UAE other than Dubai: “Return Permit for Resident outside UAE form” which is issued to the passenger(s) from the below ICA link:
  • Expo 2020 Visa holders are permitted to travel to UAE without GDRFA/ICA
  • Registering vaccination certificates is optional for travelers who wish to enjoy the benefits made available in the UAE to vaccine recipients.

Travel Requirement for all Passengers for travel to UAE

  • A VALID Negative Covid-19 test certificate with a QR code linked to the original report. This has to be issued within the valid time frame, i.e. 48 hours from the time of collecting the sample to the scheduled departure time, and has to be taken from an ICMR approved laboratory.
  • 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 four (4) hours of departure.
Additional requirements for passengers arriving into Abu Dhabi (AUH) and Ras al-Khaimah Airports (RKT):
  • 10 days home quarantine upon arrival in RKT and 12 days home/institutional quarantine in AUH. PCR test on the 4th and the 8th day after arrival in RKT and PCR test on the 6th and the 11th day after arrival into AUH.|
  • Adherence to wearing the tracking watch on arrival.
  • Passengers are advised to report 6 hours prior to departure as Rapid PCR test counters at Airports would close 2 hours prior to the departure.
As per Dubai Civil Aviation Authorities, RT-PCR Test done from the laboratories listed below will not be accepted
  • Suryam Lab in Jaipur
  • Dr P. BHASIN Pathlabs(p) Ltd. in Delhi
  • Noble Diagnostic Centre in Delhi
  • 360 Diagnostic & Health. Services
Process for verifying international vaccination certificates for passengers to Abu Dhabi

Passengers must register in the Register Arrivals section of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) app or website, complete the register arrivals form and upload an international vaccination certificate.

They will receive an SMS including a link to download the Alhosn app.

On arrival in Abu Dhabi, passengers will receive a Unified Identification Number (UID) either at the airport or via the ICA app or website.

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.

UAE To India Travel

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 the appropriate category of dependent visa) intending to visit India for any purpose except tourist visa.

Passengers traveling on flights from UAE to India should have originated travel from UAE or any country in South America or Africa only.

Passengers who have undertaken the 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.


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Manish Khandelwal
Manish Khandelwal

Manish Khandelwal, a travel-tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in the travel industry. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of, he's passionate about writing.

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