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Travel from India to UAE on repatriation flights

If you are a UAE resident flying from India to Dubai, you must first check you are eligible to travel to the UAE on ICA Smart Services website. This is in addition to GDRFA approval for Dubai residence visa holders. If you are not eligible you will not be able to travel. If you have already booked your flight, speak to your travel agent and check our flexible ticket options to find out what you can do with your ticket.

  • Flights to Dubai will be restricted only to below passengers travelling to the UAE:
    • UAE nationals
    • UAE residents whose final destination is UAE (Dubai residents require GDRFA approval for entry)
    • Any Indian national holding any valid UAE visa whose final destination is UAE
  • Passengers are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test not more than 96 hours before departure.
  • UAE will accept Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) laboratory results from any lab authorised by the government of India.
  • The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has listed laboratories that perform the real-time RT-PCR test for COVID-19 across the country.
  • PCR test and certificate cost is to be borne by passengers. Passengers are required to carry a copy of their negative COVID-19 PCR test result when travelling. Verification of the PCR test certificate will be managed by the airport team as part of documentation checks at the time of departure. Bring an official printed certificate – SMS and digital certificates are not accepted.

Travel to India on repatriation flights:


General

  • Flights to India will be restricted only to the following passengers:
    • Stranded Indian nationals
    • All Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cardholders with UAE passports
    • UAE nationals (including diplomats) with a valid visa issued by an Indian Mission in any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA) guidelines dated 30 June 2020
  • All passengers connecting in Dubai must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate to be accepted on the flight. The test must be taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure. This excludes children below 12 years old and passengers who have a moderate or severe disability. Specific restrictions may apply depending on your final destination as mentioned below.
  • All passengers must fill the self-reporting form under the Air Suvidha section on the online portal at least 72 hours before the scheduled departure. Passengers will receive an approval code that must be presented at the time of departure.
  • Kerala (COK/TRV)
    • All passengers travelling to Kerala must also update their details online at least two days before departure.
  • Kolkata (CCU)
    • Passengers must carry printed hard copy of negative COVID-19 RT PCR certificate for test conducted within 96 hrs of departure.
    • Passengers must upload negative COVID-19 RT PCR Test result on Air Suvidha portal up to 4 hours prior to flight departure.
  • Ahmedabad(AMD)
    • Passengers with final destination in Gujarat only will be accepted.
    • Passengers must carry printed copy of negative COVID-19 RT PCR certificate for test conducted within 96 hrs of departure. This excludes children below 10 years old.
  • Chennai(MAA)
    • Passengers must carry printed copy of negative COVID-19 RT PCR certificate for test conducted within 96 hrs prior of arrival. This excludes infants below 6 months old.
    • All passengers must, ensure TN E-pass is applied and details are ready to be shown to state health authorities. Contact us to update the details of TN E-pass at least 48 hours before departure.
    • All passenger who are cleared by state health officials are permitted to use any mode of travel home including domestic flights.
    • Transfer passengers on arrival who are travelling to other states have to apply for fresh e-pass on arrival and follow the other state process when connecting on to a domestic flight. Transfer facility of passengers and baggage currently not available.

Quarantine guidelines

  • All asymptomatic passengers with travel destination as Bengaluru (BLR), Kochi (COK), Kolkata (CCU), Chennai (MAA) and Thiruvananthapuram (TRV) will undergo mandatory 14 days home quarantine.
  • All other passengers must submit an undertaking form on the online portal agreeing to undergo mandatory 7 days paid institutional quarantine at their own cost, followed by 7 days isolation at home with self-monitoring of health.

Quarantine Exemptions

  • Home quarantine of 14 days may be allowed only for compelling reasons/cases of human distress such as pregnancy, death in the family, serious illness and parent(s) with children 10 years old and below. Passengers must apply for exemption under Air Suvidha on the online portals at least 72 hours before boarding.
  • Passengers may request exemption from institutional quarantine by submitting a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test report on arrival. This test should have been conducted within 96 hours of the start of their journey. . The test report should be uploaded for exemption under Air Suvidha on the online portal for consideration. Each passenger must also submit a declaration with respect to authenticity of the report and will be liable for criminal prosecution if found otherwise. The test report could also be presented upon arrival at the point of entry airport in India.
  • Passengers arriving on international flights connecting to other domestic airports as their final destination would be allowed to continue their journey if they have presented a negative COVID-19 negative report for an RT PCR test taken within 96 hours before the start of their journey and the state authorities concerned at their arrival airport have granted them an exemption from institutional quarantine.
  • Business/short-term travellers to Bengaluru with a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test report are exempted from quarantine. Such passengers must submit a declaration of authenticity of the test report and will be liable for criminal prosecution if found otherwise. The test report must be presented upon arrival at BLR Airport.
  • Passengers travelling to Hyderabad for business reasons and having negative RT-PCR test conducted within 96 hours prior to departure shall be exempted from the requirement of home/institutional quarantine. However, the passengers should return within 4 days of arrival as evidenced by confirmed return tickets.
  • Students taking exams in Karnataka will be exempted from home quarantine if they undergo Rapid Antigen testing with a negative result or if they submit a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test report for a test conducted within 96 hours of departure.