July 31 to August 15 flight bookings open for India-UAE


Flights from India to Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah will resume from tomorrow (July 31), Air India Express announced late Thursday evening.

The airline opened bookings for India-UAE flights on the departure leg of the repatriation flights under the Vande Bharat Mission. The news comes as a welcome respite for many residents who have been stranded in India since March.

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

The airline has notified passengers not to travel with expired ICA or GDRFA approvals. It said on its blog, “It will not be accepted at check-in. The passenger has to apply afresh for entry into UAE.”

Furthermore, only resident permit passengers with stamped copy in the passport can book from India to UAE, and the bookings are non-refundable.

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

Is Covid-19 PCR test mandatory to travel to UAE?
A valid negative Covid-19 PCR test report, from a government-approved laboratory, not older than 96 hours prior departure is required for travel back to Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah.

Currently, Children under the age of 12 are exempted from Covid-19 PCR testing while travelling to Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. Children under the age of 12 are exempted from Covid-19 PCR testing while travelling to Dubai effective August 1.

Dubai: When you arrive in Dubai, you must take a PCR test at the airport and remain in your residence until you receive the test result. If the test result is positive, you will be required to undergo isolation and follow the Dubai Health Authority guidelines.

Abu Dhabi: PCR testing and temperature screening is in operation at Abu Dhabi airport.

Sharjah: PCR test on arrival.

In addition to labs mentioned on the Pure Health website, all labs approved by the Indian Government and Emirates airline are also acceptable.