UAE Travel: Air India Asks Passengers To Reach Airport 6 Hours Before Departure


Air India, the flagship carrier of India on Tuesday issues an important notification for its passengers to UAE and ask them to reach the respective airport at least 6 hours before the departure.

The announcement comes amid the requirement of a mandatory rapid PCR test, which will be conducted for every passenger at the respective departure airport.

“Good news. International flights have resumed operations for few destinations under strict adherence to protocols. The reason why, make sure to have all the appropriate documents, vaccinations, health tests, and reports in place before flying.” Air India said in a tweet.

“Passengers traveling to the UAE from India are requested to report at the airport at least 6 hours prior to the departure. As per the entry requirements of the UAE, a rapid PCR test will be conducted for every passenger at the respective Indian departure airport. The test counters will start 4 hours before the departure time and would close 2 hours prior to departure.”


It is important to note that starting from 05th August UAE has allowed entry of stranded residents from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Nigeria, and Uganda.

Also for passengers who wish to transit through the UAE, Air India asked passengers to contact the local UAE Embassy and the respective country’s Embassy for assistance.

A requirement to submit a negative covid-19 test report with sample collection done within 72 hours of departure is already in place.

Moreover, the UAE’s National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority has announced revised guidelines for travelers who wish to travel to the UAE.


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 follow below requirement;

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.

Detailed Travel Guidelines

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Manish Khandelwal
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