International flights to and from India resumed operations at 100 percent capacity from March 27, after a gap of 24 months. India had suspended regular flights as a COVID-19 safety measure, with several countries including the United Arab Emirates operating some flights under air bubble agreements.

With the easing of travel restrictions, flights between the UAE and India are back to pre-pandemic levels.

Dubai-based Emirates, for example, said it would resume pre-pandemic flight frequencies to its destinations in India from April 1. The airline will operate 170 weekly flights to nine cities in the country.

Flight to India from UAE

  1. If you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and have a vaccination certificate issued in India, you do not need to undergo a PCR test. The vaccine dose should be completed at least 15 days before departure.
  2. If you do not have a vaccine certificate issued in India, get a PCR test done within 72 hours of your flight.
  3. Children below 5 years of age are exempted from PCR test.  
  4. All relevant documents including self-declaration form should be uploaded on Air Suvidha Portal.
  5. Only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board.
  6. Passengers are advised to download the Aarogya Setu App of India.
  7. Thermal screening will be done at Indian airports.
  8. On landing, some passengers will be selected for random PCR testing. After collecting the samples, they will be allowed to go.
  9. All passengers will have to self-monitor their health for 14 days after arrival.

Flying to UAE from India

  1. All UAE residents can travel to Abu Dhabi and Dubai without GDRFA or ICA approval.
  2. If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you do not need a PCR test to travel to the UAE.
  3. If you have a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued within 30 days of departure, you do not even need to take the test.
  4. Children under the age of 16 flying to Abu Dhabi do not need to take the test.
  5. Children below 12 years of age traveling to Dubai need not take the test.
  6. All others will have to undergo PCR test within 48 hours of travel.


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