Aviation Ministry has recently issued updated guidelines for its passengers traveling to the Gulf and other countries such as Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Kuwait.

The ministry has listed city-wise guidelines for passengers flying to and from nine cities in seven countries in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Passengers were also warned not to follow the rules of the government, they would not be allowed to board the flight. For passengers denied boarding, the fare component is non-refundable, while non-airline taxes are refundable.

This should be noted for travelers travelling to India, stranded Indian nationals only, all Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cardholders who hold UAE passports, and UAE citizens (including diplomats) from the ministry. hold a valid visa issued by an Indian Mission in any of the categories covered under Exempted from travel restrictions, as per Home Affairs Guidelines dated June 30, 2020.

Here are the country-wise Guidelines

United Arab Emirates 

For flights from India to Dubai, only members of the diplomatic mission, holders of UAE Golden or Silver visas, UAE citizens, and customers are exempted or entered into the UAE by the appropriate authorities as well as customers travelling on business has been allowed to do. Udaan having valid COVID-19 PCR test certificate.

Passengers must have a valid COVID-19 test certificate within 48 hours of sample collection and scheduled flight departure time. Only COVID-19 PCR test reports from certified laboratories that issue a QR code linked to the original report will be accepted.

Passengers travelling from India will only have to undergo a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen or Rapid PCR test at the airport before departure. On arrival in Dubai, they will undergo a COVID-19 PCR test, followed by two more PCR tests on day 4 and 8 of the quarantine period.

Travelers will also be required to sign an indemnity document for 10-day home or hotel quarantine starting from the day of arrival. Lastly, they will have to download the DXB Covid‑19 app upon arrival at Dubai airports and provide all the required information.

All passengers traveling to or transiting from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the last 14 days will not be accepted for travel or transfer to Dubai from any point other than UAE nationals.

Qatar

Travellers permitted to travel from India to Doha only are Qatari citizens, their spouses, children and companions, permanent residence card holders, GCC citizens who are currently QID holders/non-QID holders/non-residents, family visitors, business travellers, leisure Travellers are accompanied by pre-approved visas, foreign diplomats at Qatar's state missions, administrative ID holders and employees of international organizations.

Travellers should note that an extraordinary return permit is not required for Qatar residence card holders, as long as they have not spent more than 180 days outside the country. Also, Visa on Arrival is not available and travelers seeking it will not be allowed to travel.

All passengers must register themselves on the Ehteraz website (www.ehteraz.gov.qa) at least 12 hours before their flight and upload the required official documents. The travel authorization so generated has to be presented to the immigration authorities at the time of boarding and on landing.

All travellers need to download and register on the EHTERAZ app, and undergo RT-PCR testing upon arrival.

Passengers should carry a negative PCR certificate in printed form from a government-approved laboratory in India or an ICMR-certified laboratory issued 72 hours before the departure of the last direct flight to Doha. The certificate issued shall be duly signed and stamped by the concerned authorities and should be in English only

Customers have to undergo PCR test once again on arrival at hotel quarantine facility within 1 day of arrival of flight.

Customers under hotel quarantine will be required to undergo a PCR test on the sixth day of their quarantine, and according to the test results, customers will be required to follow procedures published on the website of the Ministry of Public Health, Government of Qatar.

Extraordinary entry permits issued for domestic workers, company-sponsored and other employees will state that they are required to be in hotel quarantine for 14 days. Staff should ensure that such customers are accepted in accordance with the Hotel Booking as per the requirement mentioned in the "Exceptional Entry Permit".

Customers who have been vaccinated by a WHO-approved vaccine (must have received both doses of the vaccine and have completed 14 days from receiving the second dose) will no longer be exempt from quarantine until further notice.

All customers will have to fill out two forms and submit them when they reach the authorities - the Self-Health Assessment Form, and the Home Quarantine Undertaking Form.

Kuwait

Only Kuwait Health Ministry employees and their first class relatives and private medical sector employees who have lawful residence to return to the state of Kuwait are allowed to travel from India to Kuwait.

All passengers traveling to Kuwait must mandatorily download and register on the Kuwait Mosafar App, failing which boarding at the originating station may be denied.

Will be subject to two RT-PCR tests on arrival at their own cost. All arrangements for the same should be done through Kuwait Mosafar App.

For health ministry and private sector medical staff, 'OK to board comment' should be entered in the PNR. They must have a valid residence permit/visa to enter the state of Kuwait (visa stamp may not be available but civil ID is mandatory), their valid civil ID and their company ID.

Wives and children of MOH staff should also carry copies of the latter's passport copy and civil ID copy, as well as supporting documents proving the relationship.

All passengers must carry a negative PCR certificate in printed form from an ICMR-approved laboratory. They basically have to download and register on SHLONIK app.

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