UAE Residents Can Now Travel to Dubai Without GDRFA or ICA Approval


Indian low-cost carrier Air India Express on Friday informed that all UAE residents traveling to Dubai from India now do not require a GDRFA or ICA approval to enter the country.

Earlier, all UAE residents are allowed to travel to Dubai without GDRFA or ICA approval except when traveling from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.


However, all passengers to Dubai will have to mandatorily produce a negative RT-PCR test, conducted within 48 hours prior to the departure of the flight.

AI Express in a tweet said, “More relaxation in travel rules for guests traveling to Dubai! GDRFA or ICA approval is no longer required for UAE residents to travel to Dubai.”


UAE Residents are permitted to travel to UAE if they are above 16 years old.

The following requirements shall be complied with for vaccinated residents/ visitors:

  1. The vaccine is approved for use by WHO
  2. They have taken full vaccination doses and
  3. They hold an entry permit issued by ICA or GDRFA as applicable. GDRFA/ICA approval for travel to Dubai is not required.

Air India Express also said that residents having valid UAE resident visas, fully vaccinated in UAE, who have completed fourteen days after 2nd dose, and are holding official vaccination certificate issued and approved by relevant authorities in UAE are permitted to return to the country.

Dubai Ends Pre-Departure PCR Test Requirements

Earlier this week, Dubai has lifted the necessity of a Rapid PCR test at the airport conducted within 6 hours prior to departure to the Emirate in the UAE for travelers from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.


Till now all passengers to Dubai from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka are required to undergo three Covid-19 tests;

  • An RT-PCR negative test report (with a valid QR code), with the sample collected within 48 hours.
  • A Rapid-PCR conducted at the airport within 6 hours prior to departure to Dubai and
  • A free on-arrival RT-PCR at Dubai Airport.

Now they have to undergo only two Covid-19 tests and the best part is the requirement of the most expensive ‘Rapid PCR’ test has gone now.

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Manish Khandelwal
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