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Global Tourism

Due to COVID-19, the tourism industry has been hugely impacted. Hence, international travel from the UAE to many countries has been suspended.  

For those who were planning to head to their home countries to/ from UAE, can contact us +971 4 3797570 at or email us at [email protected]We will be happy to assist you through these procedures and to get familiar with this new norm of travel. Our objective is to make travel as effortless as possible so that our guests could once again witness what a delightful getaway feels like. 

 

UAE Travel Procedure

Procedures For Returning Of UAE ResidentsInternational Travel Procedures For UAE’s Citizens And ResidentsProcedures For International Tourists Arriving To UAE Overseas

Travel procedures from the country of departure

  • If you are holding a Dubai residency visa, please complete the application independently on the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA) website directly. For a non-Dubai residency visa, please complete the ICA application.
  • If your application is approved, you will receive an email with a GDRFA /ICA reference number.
  • Book Airline tickets and enter your GDRFA/ICA Application Number.
  • No PCR test is required – If any local or country instruction exists, for example Pakistan, where passengers are required to carry COVID-negative certificate before departure, the passenger will need to follow local guidelines.
  • Fill the health declaration form
  • Cost declaration form – At check-in, returning residents must declare that they either have health insurance that covers COVID-19 or will bear any costs for treatment and quarantine if required.
  • Quarantine undertaking form

Arrival procedures at Dubai airport

  • You are required to take the PCR test at the airport and remain in your residence until you receive the test result
  • You must download the COVID-19 – DXB Smart App
  • Follow precautionary measures

For returning residents testing positive in COVID-19

All the positive cases must be quarantined for 14 days and follow the strict guidelines by COVID-19 command and control center including home/ institutional quarantine and hospitalization.

International travel procedures

  • Follow the safety measures
  • Fill a health declaration form
  • Download the DXB app

 Departure procedures

  • Follow all the safety measures
  • Fill a health declaration form

Procedures at the travel destination

All the official procedures set up by the destination country will have to be followed regarding COVID-19 testing and isolation.

The procedure from departure destination

  • PCR test at the airport if not done at least 4 days prior
  • Fill a health declaration form

 Travel to UAE requirements

  • Entry visa
  • Medical travel insurance
  • A health and cost declaration form
  • PCR test at Dubai airport

 Procedures upon arrival at Dubai airport

  • Thermal screening on arrival
  • PCR test at the airport if not done at least 4 days prior
  • Download the COVID-19 DXB app
  • Follow all the precautionary measures

For tourists testing positive for COVID-19

All the positive cases will be quarantined for 14 days and shall follow the strict guidelines by COVID-19 command and control center including home/ institutional quarantine and hospitalization.

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Dubai Residents and Tourists travel guidelines – Update 7

Travel guidelines for UAE nationals travelling out of DubaiTravel guidelines for all passengers travelling out of DubaiTravel guidelines for passengers travelling into DubaiTravel guidelines for all passengers arriving into Dubai
  • All the passengers travelling outside Dubai must ensure about all the medical requirements and restrictions of the destination country. Travelers must check TIMATIC about all important information like whether a PCR test certificate is required upon arrival in the country you are traveling to.
  • Travelers to Europe, except to the UK and Greece, must consult Consulate General 0f the destination country for approval.
  • All the passengers traveling outside Dubai to UK or Europe Union must take a PCR test for COVID-19 within 96 hours before departure. The test report will be needed to present at check-in
  • No approval for travel is required from Dubai government to leave Dubai by the residents of Dubai.

Dubai Residents

  • All the travelers entering Dubai must carry a COVID-19 PCR test certificate with negative results. The test must be done within 96 hours before scheduled departure. The condition is not applied to passengers with severe disability or below the age of 12 years.
  • Dubai residence visa holders travelling back to Dubai must carry return approval from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA). They can complete the application on the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA) website before booking their flight. Passenger will require GDRFA Application Number to complete their flight booking.
  • For passengers with non Dubai residency visas holders must follow the , please follow the ICA smart link travel to the UAE here.
  • In the procedure of GDRFA application you will be needed to enter the Resident File Number. The number is present on the visa under file.
  • The application status will be available on GDRFA website. If the application is approved, passenger will receive an email with a GDRFA reference number. If the application can’t be processed at the time of the request, they can try again after four days.
  • Passenger must have health insurance which is to be shown at check-in or they will have to bear the costs for treatment and isolation if required.

Tourists

  • All the travelers entering Dubai must carry a COVID-19 PCR test certificate with negative results. The test must be done within 96 hours before scheduled departure. The condition is not applied to passengers with severe disability or below the age of 12 years.
  • For passengers applicable for Visa on arrival or travelling through pre arranged Visa can enter Dubai only as per the operational ability of the departure destination airport. GDRFA approval is not needed from Dubai Immigration for passengers to travel.
  • Depending on the passenger nationality they can get a visa on arrival, or they can apply for their visit visa from Dubai Immigration before they travel.
  • Passengers must carry a hard copy of COVID-19 negative certificate in English/Arabic language. No soft copies will be accepted.
  • For
  • If the test result is negative, they can leave their hotel and enjoy their trip as normal.
  • If the test result is positive, they must follow the advice of the Dubai Health Authority and stay in self-isolation.
  • All the passengers require to show COVID-19 negative report from government authorized lab. No soft copy of the result will be accepted.
  • All travelers from below mentioned countries will have to undergo a PCR test and remain in isolation until the results are out.
  • In case of positive test results, passengers will be subject to isolation. They must have COVID-19 DXB App in their smartphones.
  • All travelers to Dubai, inclusive of connecting flight passengers must complete this health declaration form and submit it to the staff at check-in. This form will also be available at check-in.
  • Passenger traveling to Dubai as their final destination must fill the quarantine undertaking form provided on board. This form will have to be submitted to the Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival.

List of countries:

  • Afghanistan
  • Armenia
  • Brazil
  • Bangladesh  (Test must be conducted 72 hours before departure)
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt
  • Eritrea
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lebanon
  • Montenegro
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Russian Federation
  • Serbia
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turkey
  • USA – Dallas Fort Worth (DFW), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Orlando (MCO), including passengers originating from California, Florida and Texas connecting to an Emirates flight from any of our airports worldwide to Dubai.
  • Uzbekistan
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Guidelines For Passengers to from and via Abu Dhabi

All the passengers traveling to, from, or via Abu Dhabi are informed that Etihad airways opened flight bookings to 60 destinations across the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Australia, and North America. Only UAE nationals or residents with valid Visa will be allowed to enter the UAE. For UAE residents, it is no longer compulsory to get ICA approval.

Important Information

  • Visit uaeentry.ica.gov.ae before booking your flight to ensure your entry status.
  • Since the website is updated regularly so you are advised to clear your browsing data.
  • Get a PCR test 96 hours prior to your scheduled departure and get the printed report.
  • Take a photocopy of your passport and resident visa as they are supposed to be presented once you reach Abu Dhabi.
  • You will be subjected to thermal screening after landing at Abu Dhabi.
  • You will be required to stay in self isolation for 14 days after reaching Abu Dhabi.
  • Download Al Hosn app in your smartphone.

Note:
Keep checking latest travel guidelines for a safe journey.

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Guidelines for passengers to or from India

The Air India Express has started confirming bookings for passengers traveling between UAE and India.

Important Information
For Travelers from India to UAE:

  •  Only UAE nationals or resident permit holders are allowed to enter UAE. Also, Indian nationals traveling  to Dubai and Sharjah must have valid Visa to enable their entry.
  • All the passengers of 12 years or above will have to present a printed report of PCR test taken not more than 96 hours prior to scheduled departure. The test must be taken at Indian government approved lab or certified designated lab.
  • Upon arrival, a health declaration and quarantine undertaking form must be submitted at the airport.
  • All resident visa holders travelling to Sharjah or Abu Dhabi are supposed to get ICA return approval.
  • Travelers to Dubai with resident visa are supposed to get approval from General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA).
  • For COVID-19 positive passengers, it is mandatory to follow all the guidelines. The treatment expenses are supposed to be met on their own.
  • According to The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, if you have valid resident permit holder than you are supposed to upload data on Holders returning to UAE to upload their data on the ica.gov.ae to verify travel documents.
  • For UAE tourist visa holding Indians travelling to Dubai or Sharjah must have minimum 6 months validity of all the documents from the date of arrival.

For travelers from UAE to India

  • Indian Nationals registered at the official website of Indian Embassy, Abu Dhabi or the Consulate General of India can book their tickets if they intend to go back to India under Vande Bharat Mission. Passengers must fulfill all the entry conditions.
  • Passenger with OCI card and UAE passport and valid eligibility to enter India according to the guidelines of Ministry of Home affairs issued on 30.06.2020 are allowed to travel from UAE to India.
  • Passengers traveling from Abu Dhabi or Sharjah must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test report, taken not more than 96 hours prior to the scheduled departure.
  • Submit an on-line self reporting form through https://www.newdelhiairport.in/airsuvidha/apho-registration and consent self payment of institutional quarantine.

Note:Note:

  • Passengers with disability do not need to undergo PCR test if traveling to Dubai or Abu Dhabi.
  • For travelers to Dubai: download DXB app

For travelers to Abu Dhabi and Sharjah: download Al Hasn app.

  • Passengers with valid resident visa only will be allowed to enter Abu Dhabi.
  • Please check official website of UAE government to keep updated about regulations on travel.
  • Reach airport at least 4 hours prior to departure time and follow the COVID protocol strictly at the airport.
  • Passengers who took PCR test will be exempted from Rapid test.
  • Passengers traveling to India must be registered at Indian Embassy UAE or consulate general at Abu Dhabi or Dubai.
  • It is recommended to get heath insurance.
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Spain Plans to Reopen Borders with Non-EU Countries From 1st July

  • Spain has lifted border controls with all member states of the European Union on June 21 (end of the state of alarm) Quarantine has also been eliminated.
  • Starting on 1 July there will be a staggered opening of borders with non-EU countries on a list of safe countries drafted by the European Commission, according to these requirements:1.- Epidemiological conditions are equivalent to or better than the EU2.- Acceptance of certain healthcare conditions in the place of origin, on the journey, and at the destination3.- Actions are taken on the principle of reciprocity

PCR test fee for passengers travelling to Lebanon

Effective 01st July 2020, the Government of Lebanon will implement mandatory PCR testing for customers traveling to Lebanon.

Please be informed of the following important details:

  1. Passengers traveling from the following countries must undergo a PCR test latest 96 hours before departure time.
      • Africa: Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa & Republic of Central Africa.
      • Asia: Saudi Arabia, UAE, Jordan, Bahrain, Oman & Iran.
      • Europe: All European countries except Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Spain & Armenia.
  1. The PCR test result required at the time of check-in
  2. All passengers must fill a health declaration form prior to arrival.
  3. A mandatory Health Insurance policy issued by local or international Insurance Company before arrival to Lebanon, covering all costs of Covid-19 treatment throughout their stay in Lebanon.
  4. Mandatory PCR test upon arrival at the airport and stay remain in your residence until you receive the test result
  5. Arriving passengers who receive a positive PCR test result must follow the directives of the Ministry of Public Health in Lebanon until they recover.
  6. All residents and nationals arriving from a Non-PCR country will need to undergo a mandatory second PCR test 72 hours after their arrival through a Lab designated by the Ministry of Public Health medical team at the airport. The cost of the test is to be paid directly by the passenger to the designated lab.

Payment of the test:

Operating Airlines are required to collect USD50 the cost of the PCR test from individual passengers except for children under twelve years of age.

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Nepal government decides to ease lockdown starting from 12 June in low-risk areas

We would like to update you that the Nepal government has eased the lockdown starting from 12th June in low-risk areas, including Kathmandu valley. Markets have been reopened and private vehicles can move according to the odd-even final digit on license plates matching the final digit of the Nepali calendar date while adopting effective precautions against COVID-19.

All commercial flights are suspended till 21st July 2020. Only, repatriation flights are operating. Permission to operate passenger repatriation flights from Nepal requires processing through the diplomatic channel only. Different Embassies have chartered flights to take their stranded nationals from Kathmandu.

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Extension of Suspension Period of Domestic and International Commercial Flights to Nepal

As per the orders of the Nepal Government, the suspension period of both domestic and international commercial passenger flights to/from Nepal has been extended till 21st July 2020.

Note:

Rescue flights, freighter flights, and flights related to the essential supplies and medical needs special permission from CAAN.

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Nepal Government Extends Suspension of Domestic and International Flights

The suspension on all the domestic and international flights from/ to Nepal has been extended till 5th July 2020 as per the orders of the Nepal Government. 

Note:

Special flights of repatriation and rescue are operating through the permission of CAAN.

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Kathmandu Valley goes to week-long lockdown over coronavirus

Government of Nepal has imposed curfew in Kathmandu (Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan) for a week starting from today (20th August, 2020)

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Sri Lanka to Resume its Tourism in August

We are pleased to state that the Government, along with the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau are planning to restart Tourism from the 1st of August 2020.  

The preparation to re-open the borders has been arrived at following the consent of the Ministry of Health. By taking into consideration the fact that there haven’t been any new COVID-19 positive cases reported from civilians of the locality since the beginning of May, other than ones in designated quarantine centers. 

Note:
Mandatory requirements for travelers coming into Sri Lanka at present 

  • Minimum 5-day stay in the country. 
  • PCR test to be taken 72 hours before arrival to the country through a certified health institution. 
  • Availability of a valid Return air ticket and health insurance. 
  • Confirmation of booking at Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) certified accommodation. 

Measures that will be taken by our partner travel agent in Sri Lanka

  • All vehicles will carry a hygiene pack with disposable or reusable masks, hand sanitizer, and disposable gloves for touring clients. 
  • All vehicles will be thoroughly disinfected after each transfer. 
  • Vehicles will abide by social distancing norms and recommendations for shuttle transfers. 
  • Temperature checks will be done for all staff and guests daily.
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Sri Lanka to delay 1st August re-opening of Colombo International Airport

The Government of Sri Lanka has taken a decision to delay the airport opening on the 1st of August. A decision on the precise date will be reviewed in the coming few weeks. Such a decision was taken to accommodate the repatriation of Sri Lankan nationals to the island from overseas.
Sri Lanka has reported 2730 cases out of which 2041 have recovered. The fatality rate is 0.4%. Active cases 678. Please click on the following link for further statistics: https://covid.iq.lk/

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Bangladesh suspends Flights due to COVID-19

To prevent the expansion of COVID-19 and reduce the risk of community transmission, Bangladesh suspends all international commercial passenger flights from 16 June 2020However, for the repatriation, relief, diplomatic, and citizen evacuation flights, requests shall be made to CAAB through the ministry of foreign affairs of Bangladesh.  

Important Instructions:  

    • The passengers, crew, and airport staff must follow social distancing norms and sanitization measures. 
    • Passengers traveling to foreign countries must carry a COVID negative certificate, passport, visa, and all other required documents expected by the destination country. 
    • Bangladesh nationals coming to Bangladesh with NVR must carry a COVID negative certificate failing which; he will be institutionally quarantined for 14 days.  
    • For Bangladesh nationals with NVR and COVID 19 negative certificates, they will be home quarantined for 14 days.
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Pakistan Airlines suspended International Flights till 2nd July 2020

In the panorama of pandemic outburst, Pakistan airlines have suspended their regular international flight schedules till 2nd July 2020. Once the circumstances will be normal, regular operations will resume. 

Note:

Repatriation flights are still active under the approval of Governments of Pakistan and respective countries. 

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Passenger Guidelines Traveling From Pakistan

All the passengers traveling outside from Pakistan are supposed to take a PCR test 96 hours prior to the scheduled departure of the flight.

  • Infants and Children also have to undergo the PCR Test.
  • PCR Tests done only at below mentioned certified labs will be valid.

Chughtai Labs
Tel +92-311-1456789
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://chughtailab.com/emirates/

Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust
Tel +92 (42) 3590 5000
Email: [email protected]

Aga Khan University Hospital 
Tel +92 (21) 111 911 911
Email: [email protected]

Islamabad Diagnostic Centre
Tel +92 (51) 111 000 432
Email: [email protected]

  • It is a must to show your passport and Emirates Flight booking at the test lab.
  • All the test results will be delivered by the lab directly to the Emirates office at Karachi.
  • PNRs and results of all those who are fit to travel will be updated by the Emirates Karachi Office.
  • All the local contact details of the passengers in Pakistan must be true and updated in the booking. All the notifications regarding the requirement will be sent to passengers.

Residents returning to Dubai

  • Passengers flying back to Dubai with valid Dubai residence Visa must carry return approval issued by GDRFA.
  • To complete the application passengers can visit the website of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA) before they book their flight.
  • The application status can be checked on the GDRFA website. For all the approved applications, the passengers will be sent an email with a GDRFA reference number. In case of application not being processed immediately request, passengers can try once again after five days.
  • A GDRFA Application Number would be required by passengers to complete flight booking.
  • Passengers are must bring a copy of the email sent by GDRFA about approval to travel.
  • All the travelers to Dubai, along with connecting flight passengers, are supposed to complete this health declaration form and submit it to the staff during check-in. The form will be provided at the check-in too.
  • The quarantine undertaking form given to passengers on board must also be filled by those whose final destination is Dubai. This form is supposed to be submitted at the Dubai Health Authority staff upon arrival.
  • A declaration must be made by passengers regarding their health insurance, else they will have to bear the treatment cost on their own if required.
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The Maldives is now open to all global tourists

  • The Maldives is all set to reopen its border and is withdrawing travel regulations from July 15, 2020.
  • The Ministry of Tourism and of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives is displaying regular official updates related to travel to the Maldives on its websites.
  • Hotels and tourist resorts live-aboard vessels in uninhabited islands have started booking from July 15, 2020.
  • The hotels and guesthouses located in the inhabited islands will start accepting bookings from August 1, 2020.
  • It is mandatory to get your booking confirmed in a tourist establishment registered with the Ministry of tourism.

On Arrival

  • All the tourists traveling to the Maldives will be given a free tourist Visa for 30 days on arrival.
  • No quarantine conditions will be applied to tourists after arrival to the Maldives.
  • No medical test reports will be asked for entry to the Maldives. But the travelers showing COVID-19 symptoms will have to take a PCR test at their own cost.
  • Local health authorities might do a random test for which travelers need not pay.
  • It is required to show a health declaration card on arrival.

Departure

  • For tourists who require COVID-19 test reports for traveling back to their native country or somewhere else, testing services are available in the Maldives.
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Travel Guidelines For Indian States

All the travelers to India are requested to check out the travel protocol of various states of the country. Each state has issued a set of guidelines for travelers. So, before traveling to any of the states, kindly go through the respective state’s guidelines here

  1. Andaman
  2. Andhra Pradesh
  3. Assam
  4. Bihar
  5. Delhi
  6. Goa
  7. Gujarat
  8. Haryana
  9. Himachal Pradesh
  10. Jammu and Kashmir
  11. Karnataka
  12. Kerala
  13. Ladakh
  14. Madhya Pradesh
  15. Maharastra
  16. Odisha
  17. Punjab
  18. Rajasthan
  19. Tamil Nadu
  20. Telangana
  21. Uttar Pradesh
  22. Uttarakhand
  23. West Bengal
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Travel Guidelines to Armenia

Fly Dubai has started booking flights to Armenia.

Important Information

  • Visa on arrival is allowed for UAE nationals and UAE residents which are residents of the following countries:
    Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia,  Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovak, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican City State, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland & the United States of America.
  • For nationals of other countries, the facility of Visa on arrival is suspended and passengers are supposed to get e-visa.

Note:

  • Upon arrival at Armenia, passengers are supposed to take a PCR test at home or a hotel by an accredited lab. The expenses of the test are approximately $45.00 for tests and $20.00 for visits per person.
  • For negative results, self-isolation will be suspended.
  • For positive results, all the expenses if treatment, quarantine, and tests will have to be born by the passenger.
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UAE Travel Procedure

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Travel procedures from the country of departure

  • If you are holding a Dubai residency visa, please complete the application independently on the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA) website directly. For a non-Dubai residency visa, please complete the ICA application.
  • If your application is approved, you will receive an email with a GDRFA /ICA reference number.
  • Book Airline tickets and enter your GDRFA/ICA Application Number.
  • No PCR test is required – If any local or country instruction exists, for example Pakistan, where passengers are required to carry COVID-negative certificate before departure, the passenger will need to follow local guidelines.
  • Fill the health declaration form
  • Cost declaration form – At check-in, returning residents must declare that they either have health insurance that covers COVID-19 or will bear any costs for treatment and quarantine if required.
  • Quarantine undertaking form

Arrival procedures at Dubai airport

  • You are required to take the PCR test at the airport and remain in your residence until you receive the test result
  • You must download the COVID-19 – DXB Smart App
  • Follow precautionary measures

For returning residents testing positive in COVID-19

All the positive cases must be quarantined for 14 days and follow the strict guidelines by COVID-19 command and control center including home/ institutional quarantine and hospitalization.

International travel procedures

  • Follow the safety measures
  • Fill a health declaration form
  • Download the DXB app

 Departure procedures

  • Follow all the safety measures
  • Fill a health declaration form

Procedures at the travel destination

All the official procedures set up by the destination country will have to be followed regarding COVID-19 testing and isolation.

The procedure from departure destination

  • PCR test at the airport if not done at least 4 days prior
  • Fill a health declaration form

 Travel to UAE requirements

  • Entry visa
  • Medical travel insurance
  • A health and cost declaration form
  • PCR test at Dubai airport

 Procedures upon arrival at Dubai airport

  • Thermal screening on arrival
  • PCR test at the airport if not done at least 4 days prior
  • Download the COVID-19 DXB app
  • Follow all the precautionary measures

For tourists testing positive for COVID-19

All the positive cases will be quarantined for 14 days and shall follow the strict guidelines by COVID-19 command and control center including home/ institutional quarantine and hospitalization.

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Dubai Residents and Tourists travel guidelines – Update 7

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  • All the passengers travelling outside Dubai must ensure about all the medical requirements and restrictions of the destination country. Travelers must check TIMATIC about all important information like whether a PCR test certificate is required upon arrival in the country you are traveling to.
  • Travelers to Europe, except to the UK and Greece, must consult Consulate General 0f the destination country for approval.
  • All the passengers traveling outside Dubai to UK or Europe Union must take a PCR test for COVID-19 within 96 hours before departure. The test report will be needed to present at check-in
  • No approval for travel is required from Dubai government to leave Dubai by the residents of Dubai.

Dubai Residents

  • All the travelers entering Dubai must carry a COVID-19 PCR test certificate with negative results. The test must be done within 96 hours before scheduled departure. The condition is not applied to passengers with severe disability or below the age of 12 years.
  • Dubai residence visa holders travelling back to Dubai must carry return approval from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA). They can complete the application on the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA) website before booking their flight. Passenger will require GDRFA Application Number to complete their flight booking.
  • For passengers with non Dubai residency visas holders must follow the , please follow the ICA smart link travel to the UAE here.
  • In the procedure of GDRFA application you will be needed to enter the Resident File Number. The number is present on the visa under file.
  • The application status will be available on GDRFA website. If the application is approved, passenger will receive an email with a GDRFA reference number. If the application can’t be processed at the time of the request, they can try again after four days.
  • Passenger must have health insurance which is to be shown at check-in or they will have to bear the costs for treatment and isolation if required.

Tourists

  • All the travelers entering Dubai must carry a COVID-19 PCR test certificate with negative results. The test must be done within 96 hours before scheduled departure. The condition is not applied to passengers with severe disability or below the age of 12 years.
  • For passengers applicable for Visa on arrival or travelling through pre arranged Visa can enter Dubai only as per the operational ability of the departure destination airport. GDRFA approval is not needed from Dubai Immigration for passengers to travel.
  • Depending on the passenger nationality they can get a visa on arrival, or they can apply for their visit visa from Dubai Immigration before they travel.
  • Passengers must carry a hard copy of COVID-19 negative certificate in English/Arabic language. No soft copies will be accepted.
  • For
  • If the test result is negative, they can leave their hotel and enjoy their trip as normal.
  • If the test result is positive, they must follow the advice of the Dubai Health Authority and stay in self-isolation.
  • All the passengers require to show COVID-19 negative report from government authorized lab. No soft copy of the result will be accepted.
  • All travelers from below mentioned countries will have to undergo a PCR test and remain in isolation until the results are out.
  • In case of positive test results, passengers will be subject to isolation. They must have COVID-19 DXB App in their smartphones.
  • All travelers to Dubai, inclusive of connecting flight passengers must complete this health declaration form and submit it to the staff at check-in. This form will also be available at check-in.
  • Passenger traveling to Dubai as their final destination must fill the quarantine undertaking form provided on board. This form will have to be submitted to the Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival.

List of countries:

  • Afghanistan
  • Armenia
  • Brazil
  • Bangladesh  (Test must be conducted 72 hours before departure)
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt
  • Eritrea
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lebanon
  • Montenegro
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Russian Federation
  • Serbia
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turkey
  • USA – Dallas Fort Worth (DFW), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Orlando (MCO), including passengers originating from California, Florida and Texas connecting to an Emirates flight from any of our airports worldwide to Dubai.
  • Uzbekistan
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Guidelines For Passengers to from and via Abu Dhabi

All the passengers traveling to, from, or via Abu Dhabi are informed that Etihad airways opened flight bookings to 60 destinations across the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Australia, and North America. Only UAE nationals or residents with valid Visa will be allowed to enter the UAE. For UAE residents, it is no longer compulsory to get ICA approval.

Important Information

  • Visit uaeentry.ica.gov.ae before booking your flight to ensure your entry status.
  • Since the website is updated regularly so you are advised to clear your browsing data.
  • Get a PCR test 96 hours prior to your scheduled departure and get the printed report.
  • Take a photocopy of your passport and resident visa as they are supposed to be presented once you reach Abu Dhabi.
  • You will be subjected to thermal screening after landing at Abu Dhabi.
  • You will be required to stay in self isolation for 14 days after reaching Abu Dhabi.
  • Download Al Hosn app in your smartphone.

Note:
Keep checking latest travel guidelines for a safe journey.

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Guidelines for passengers to or from India

The Air India Express has started confirming bookings for passengers traveling between UAE and India.

Important Information
For Travelers from India to UAE:

  •  Only UAE nationals or resident permit holders are allowed to enter UAE. Also, Indian nationals traveling  to Dubai and Sharjah must have valid Visa to enable their entry.
  • All the passengers of 12 years or above will have to present a printed report of PCR test taken not more than 96 hours prior to scheduled departure. The test must be taken at Indian government approved lab or certified designated lab.
  • Upon arrival, a health declaration and quarantine undertaking form must be submitted at the airport.
  • All resident visa holders travelling to Sharjah or Abu Dhabi are supposed to get ICA return approval.
  • Travelers to Dubai with resident visa are supposed to get approval from General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA).
  • For COVID-19 positive passengers, it is mandatory to follow all the guidelines. The treatment expenses are supposed to be met on their own.
  • According to The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, if you have valid resident permit holder than you are supposed to upload data on Holders returning to UAE to upload their data on the ica.gov.ae to verify travel documents.
  • For UAE tourist visa holding Indians travelling to Dubai or Sharjah must have minimum 6 months validity of all the documents from the date of arrival.

For travelers from UAE to India

  • Indian Nationals registered at the official website of Indian Embassy, Abu Dhabi or the Consulate General of India can book their tickets if they intend to go back to India under Vande Bharat Mission. Passengers must fulfill all the entry conditions.
  • Passenger with OCI card and UAE passport and valid eligibility to enter India according to the guidelines of Ministry of Home affairs issued on 30.06.2020 are allowed to travel from UAE to India.
  • Passengers traveling from Abu Dhabi or Sharjah must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test report, taken not more than 96 hours prior to the scheduled departure.
  • Submit an on-line self reporting form through https://www.newdelhiairport.in/airsuvidha/apho-registration and consent self payment of institutional quarantine.

Note:Note:

  • Passengers with disability do not need to undergo PCR test if traveling to Dubai or Abu Dhabi.
  • For travelers to Dubai: download DXB app

For travelers to Abu Dhabi and Sharjah: download Al Hasn app.

  • Passengers with valid resident visa only will be allowed to enter Abu Dhabi.
  • Please check official website of UAE government to keep updated about regulations on travel.
  • Reach airport at least 4 hours prior to departure time and follow the COVID protocol strictly at the airport.
  • Passengers who took PCR test will be exempted from Rapid test.
  • Passengers traveling to India must be registered at Indian Embassy UAE or consulate general at Abu Dhabi or Dubai.
  • It is recommended to get heath insurance.
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Spain

Spain Plans to Reopen Borders with Non-EU Countries From 1st July

  • Spain has lifted border controls with all member states of the European Union on June 21 (end of the state of alarm) Quarantine has also been eliminated.
  • Starting on 1 July there will be a staggered opening of borders with non-EU countries on a list of safe countries drafted by the European Commission, according to these requirements:1.- Epidemiological conditions are equivalent to or better than the EU2.- Acceptance of certain healthcare conditions in the place of origin, on the journey, and at the destination3.- Actions are taken on the principle of reciprocity
Lebanon

PCR test fee for passengers travelling to Lebanon

Effective 01st July 2020, the Government of Lebanon will implement mandatory PCR testing for customers traveling to Lebanon.

Please be informed of the following important details:

  1. Passengers traveling from the following countries must undergo a PCR test latest 96 hours before departure time.
      • Africa: Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa & Republic of Central Africa.
      • Asia: Saudi Arabia, UAE, Jordan, Bahrain, Oman & Iran.
      • Europe: All European countries except Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Spain & Armenia.
  1. The PCR test result required at the time of check-in
  2. All passengers must fill a health declaration form prior to arrival.
  3. A mandatory Health Insurance policy issued by local or international Insurance Company before arrival to Lebanon, covering all costs of Covid-19 treatment throughout their stay in Lebanon.
  4. Mandatory PCR test upon arrival at the airport and stay remain in your residence until you receive the test result
  5. Arriving passengers who receive a positive PCR test result must follow the directives of the Ministry of Public Health in Lebanon until they recover.
  6. All residents and nationals arriving from a Non-PCR country will need to undergo a mandatory second PCR test 72 hours after their arrival through a Lab designated by the Ministry of Public Health medical team at the airport. The cost of the test is to be paid directly by the passenger to the designated lab.

Payment of the test:

Operating Airlines are required to collect USD50 the cost of the PCR test from individual passengers except for children under twelve years of age.

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Nepal

Nepal government decides to ease lockdown starting from 12 June in low-risk areas

We would like to update you that the Nepal government has eased the lockdown starting from 12th June in low-risk areas, including Kathmandu valley. Markets have been reopened and private vehicles can move according to the odd-even final digit on license plates matching the final digit of the Nepali calendar date while adopting effective precautions against COVID-19.

All commercial flights are suspended till 21st July 2020. Only, repatriation flights are operating. Permission to operate passenger repatriation flights from Nepal requires processing through the diplomatic channel only. Different Embassies have chartered flights to take their stranded nationals from Kathmandu.

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Extension of Suspension Period of Domestic and International Commercial Flights to Nepal

As per the orders of the Nepal Government, the suspension period of both domestic and international commercial passenger flights to/from Nepal has been extended till 21st July 2020.

Note:

Rescue flights, freighter flights, and flights related to the essential supplies and medical needs special permission from CAAN.

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Nepal Government Extends Suspension of Domestic and International Flights

The suspension on all the domestic and international flights from/ to Nepal has been extended till 5th July 2020 as per the orders of the Nepal Government. 

Note:

Special flights of repatriation and rescue are operating through the permission of CAAN.

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Kathmandu Valley goes to week-long lockdown over coronavirus

Government of Nepal has imposed curfew in Kathmandu (Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan) for a week starting from today (20th August, 2020)

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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka to Resume its Tourism in August

We are pleased to state that the Government, along with the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau are planning to restart Tourism from the 1st of August 2020.  

The preparation to re-open the borders has been arrived at following the consent of the Ministry of Health. By taking into consideration the fact that there haven’t been any new COVID-19 positive cases reported from civilians of the locality since the beginning of May, other than ones in designated quarantine centers. 

Note:
Mandatory requirements for travelers coming into Sri Lanka at present 

  • Minimum 5-day stay in the country. 
  • PCR test to be taken 72 hours before arrival to the country through a certified health institution. 
  • Availability of a valid Return air ticket and health insurance. 
  • Confirmation of booking at Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) certified accommodation. 

Measures that will be taken by our partner travel agent in Sri Lanka

  • All vehicles will carry a hygiene pack with disposable or reusable masks, hand sanitizer, and disposable gloves for touring clients. 
  • All vehicles will be thoroughly disinfected after each transfer. 
  • Vehicles will abide by social distancing norms and recommendations for shuttle transfers. 
  • Temperature checks will be done for all staff and guests daily.
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Sri Lanka to delay 1st August re-opening of Colombo International Airport

The Government of Sri Lanka has taken a decision to delay the airport opening on the 1st of August. A decision on the precise date will be reviewed in the coming few weeks. Such a decision was taken to accommodate the repatriation of Sri Lankan nationals to the island from overseas.
Sri Lanka has reported 2730 cases out of which 2041 have recovered. The fatality rate is 0.4%. Active cases 678. Please click on the following link for further statistics: https://covid.iq.lk/

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Bangladesh

Bangladesh suspends Flights due to COVID-19

To prevent the expansion of COVID-19 and reduce the risk of community transmission, Bangladesh suspends all international commercial passenger flights from 16 June 2020However, for the repatriation, relief, diplomatic, and citizen evacuation flights, requests shall be made to CAAB through the ministry of foreign affairs of Bangladesh.  

Important Instructions:  

    • The passengers, crew, and airport staff must follow social distancing norms and sanitization measures. 
    • Passengers traveling to foreign countries must carry a COVID negative certificate, passport, visa, and all other required documents expected by the destination country. 
    • Bangladesh nationals coming to Bangladesh with NVR must carry a COVID negative certificate failing which; he will be institutionally quarantined for 14 days.  
    • For Bangladesh nationals with NVR and COVID 19 negative certificates, they will be home quarantined for 14 days.
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Pakistan

Pakistan Airlines suspended International Flights till 2nd July 2020

In the panorama of pandemic outburst, Pakistan airlines have suspended their regular international flight schedules till 2nd July 2020. Once the circumstances will be normal, regular operations will resume. 

Note:

Repatriation flights are still active under the approval of Governments of Pakistan and respective countries. 

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Passenger Guidelines Traveling From Pakistan

All the passengers traveling outside from Pakistan are supposed to take a PCR test 96 hours prior to the scheduled departure of the flight.

  • Infants and Children also have to undergo the PCR Test.
  • PCR Tests done only at below mentioned certified labs will be valid.

Chughtai Labs
Tel +92-311-1456789
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://chughtailab.com/emirates/

Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust
Tel +92 (42) 3590 5000
Email: [email protected]

Aga Khan University Hospital 
Tel +92 (21) 111 911 911
Email: [email protected]

Islamabad Diagnostic Centre
Tel +92 (51) 111 000 432
Email: [email protected]

  • It is a must to show your passport and Emirates Flight booking at the test lab.
  • All the test results will be delivered by the lab directly to the Emirates office at Karachi.
  • PNRs and results of all those who are fit to travel will be updated by the Emirates Karachi Office.
  • All the local contact details of the passengers in Pakistan must be true and updated in the booking. All the notifications regarding the requirement will be sent to passengers.

Residents returning to Dubai

  • Passengers flying back to Dubai with valid Dubai residence Visa must carry return approval issued by GDRFA.
  • To complete the application passengers can visit the website of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA) before they book their flight.
  • The application status can be checked on the GDRFA website. For all the approved applications, the passengers will be sent an email with a GDRFA reference number. In case of application not being processed immediately request, passengers can try once again after five days.
  • A GDRFA Application Number would be required by passengers to complete flight booking.
  • Passengers are must bring a copy of the email sent by GDRFA about approval to travel.
  • All the travelers to Dubai, along with connecting flight passengers, are supposed to complete this health declaration form and submit it to the staff during check-in. The form will be provided at the check-in too.
  • The quarantine undertaking form given to passengers on board must also be filled by those whose final destination is Dubai. This form is supposed to be submitted at the Dubai Health Authority staff upon arrival.
  • A declaration must be made by passengers regarding their health insurance, else they will have to bear the treatment cost on their own if required.
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Maldives

The Maldives is now open to all global tourists

  • The Maldives is all set to reopen its border and is withdrawing travel regulations from July 15, 2020.
  • The Ministry of Tourism and of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives is displaying regular official updates related to travel to the Maldives on its websites.
  • Hotels and tourist resorts live-aboard vessels in uninhabited islands have started booking from July 15, 2020.
  • The hotels and guesthouses located in the inhabited islands will start accepting bookings from August 1, 2020.
  • It is mandatory to get your booking confirmed in a tourist establishment registered with the Ministry of tourism.

On Arrival

  • All the tourists traveling to the Maldives will be given a free tourist Visa for 30 days on arrival.
  • No quarantine conditions will be applied to tourists after arrival to the Maldives.
  • No medical test reports will be asked for entry to the Maldives. But the travelers showing COVID-19 symptoms will have to take a PCR test at their own cost.
  • Local health authorities might do a random test for which travelers need not pay.
  • It is required to show a health declaration card on arrival.

Departure

  • For tourists who require COVID-19 test reports for traveling back to their native country or somewhere else, testing services are available in the Maldives.
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India

Travel Guidelines For Indian States

All the travelers to India are requested to check out the travel protocol of various states of the country. Each state has issued a set of guidelines for travelers. So, before traveling to any of the states, kindly go through the respective state’s guidelines here

  1. Andaman
  2. Andhra Pradesh
  3. Assam
  4. Bihar
  5. Delhi
  6. Goa
  7. Gujarat
  8. Haryana
  9. Himachal Pradesh
  10. Jammu and Kashmir
  11. Karnataka
  12. Kerala
  13. Ladakh
  14. Madhya Pradesh
  15. Maharastra
  16. Odisha
  17. Punjab
  18. Rajasthan
  19. Tamil Nadu
  20. Telangana
  21. Uttar Pradesh
  22. Uttarakhand
  23. West Bengal
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Armenia

Travel Guidelines to Armenia

Fly Dubai has started booking flights to Armenia.

Important Information

  • Visa on arrival is allowed for UAE nationals and UAE residents which are residents of the following countries:
    Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia,  Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovak, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican City State, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland & the United States of America.
  • For nationals of other countries, the facility of Visa on arrival is suspended and passengers are supposed to get e-visa.

Note:

  • Upon arrival at Armenia, passengers are supposed to take a PCR test at home or a hotel by an accredited lab. The expenses of the test are approximately $45.00 for tests and $20.00 for visits per person.
  • For negative results, self-isolation will be suspended.
  • For positive results, all the expenses if treatment, quarantine, and tests will have to be born by the passenger.
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