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Travel from India to UAE on repatriation flights

If you are travelling from India to the UAE, you must take a COVID-19 PCR test at government designated laboratories before departure.

COVID-19 testing requirements

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 eligibility

Flights to Dubai will be restricted only to below passengers travelling to the UAE:

  • UAE nationals
  • ICA/GDRFA approved UAE residents; and
  • Any Indian national or national of Nepal or Bhutan destined for UAE or any country in South America or Africa only and holding a valid visa of the destination country.

Travelling from United Kingdom to India

  • Effective 23 December 2020 and until 7 January 2021, passengers originating in or transiting through the United Kingdom will not be permitted to enter India.
  • Effective 8 January 2021 and until 30 January 2021, all international passengers who have travelled from or transited through United Kingdom from 25 November 2020, will be allowed to enter India only through direct flights between United Kingdom and India.

Travel to India on repatriation flights:

Travel to India is restricted to specified categories of passengers. You might also be required to take a COVID-19 PCR test before departure and undergo quarantine on arrival. Please check the requirements of your final destination before you travel.

Travel eligibility

Flights to India will be restricted only to the following passengers:

  • Indian Nationals or nationals of Nepal or Bhutan stranded in UAE or in any country in South America or Africa;
  • All overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders and person of Indian origin (PIO) cardholders holding passports of any country; and
  • UAE nationals and foreign nationals (from any country in South America or Africa only) intending to visit India for any purpose (including their dependents on appropriate category of dependent visa) except those on Tourist visa.

Required forms

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.

All passengers must download the Aarogya setu app on their mobile devices.

Ahmedabad (AMD)

Passengers with final destination in Gujarat only will be accepted.

COVID-19 testing requirements

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.

Quarantine guidelines

All asymptomatic passengers will undergo mandatory 14 days home quarantine.

Bangalore (BLR)

All passengers travelling to Bengaluru (BLR) must download the Aarogya setu app, Quarantine Watch app and Apthamitra app on their mobile devices. Click here to download the apps.

COVID-19 testing requirements

Passengers should carry printed copy of negative COVID-19 RT PCR certificate for test conducted within 72 hrs of departure. Passengers without this certificate will also have an option to undergo this test upon arrival at their own cost. This excludes children below 10 years old.

Quarantine guidelines

All asymptomatic passengers will undergo mandatory 14 days home quarantine.

Quarantine Exemptions

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.

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 72 hours of departure.

Chennai (MAA)

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.

COVID-19 testing requirements

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.

Quarantine guidelines

All asymptomatic passengers will undergo mandatory 14 days home quarantine.

Delhi (DEL)

COVID-19 testing requirements

It is not mandatory to take COVID-19 PCR test before departure

Quarantine guidelines

All 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

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 72 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.

Hyderabad (HYD)

COVID-19 testing requirements

It is not mandatory to take COVID-19 PCR test before departure

Quarantine guidelines

All 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

Passengers travelling to Hyderabad for business reasons and having negative COVID-19 RT PCR test conducted within 72 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.

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 72 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.

Kerala (COK/TRV)

All passengers travelling to Kerala must also update their details online at least two days before departure.

COVID-19 testing requirements

It is not mandatory to take COVID-19 PCR test before departure

Quarantine guidelines

All asymptomatic passengers will undergo mandatory 14 days home quarantine.

Quarantine Exemptions

Passengers travelling to Kerala may undergo COVID-19 RT PCR test on the 7th day of arrival and if tested negative, further quarantine of 7 days is optional and not mandatory.

Kolkata (CCU)

COVID-19 testing requirements

Passengers must carry printed hard copy of negative COVID-19 RT PCR certificate for test conducted within 72 hrs of departure. Children less than 3 years are exempted.

Passengers must upload negative COVID-19 RT PCR Test result on Air Suvidha portal up to 4 hours prior to flight departure.

Quarantine guidelines

All asymptomatic passengers will undergo mandatory 14 days home quarantine.

Mumbai (BOM)

COVID-19 testing requirements

It is not mandatory to take COVID-19 PCR test before departure

Quarantine guidelines

All 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. On arrival, no COVID-19 RT PCR test will be conducted. However, COVID-19 RT PCR test will be conducted during 5th to 7th day at the hotel and all related costs are to be borne by the passenger.

Quarantine Exemptions

All passengers travelling to Mumbai (BOM) and connecting on a domestic flight to a destination out of Maharashtra will be exempt from the above requirement, provided they have negative COVID RT-PCR test conducted within 72 hours of boarding the flight. The passenger may also choose to undergo the COVID RT-PCR test at the airport itself, however only after the negative results are received the passenger will be allowed to proceed for the domestic flight.

Passengers under the following exceptional circumstances would be considered for exemption of 7 days mandatory institutional quarantine. Decision would be taken after arrival on verification of following reasons with proof of documents.

  • Pregnant woman in advanced stage of pregnancy
  • Death in immediate family.

General Quarantine Exemptions for all airports except Mumbai (BOM)

  • 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 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 COVID-19 RT PCR test taken within 72 hours before the start of their journey and the state authorities concerned at their arrival airport have granted them an exemption from institutional quarantine.

Travelling to, from and through Dubai

If you're travelling to, from or transiting through Dubai, please check our Travel requirements for Dubai.