The long wait of UAE ex-pats has come to an end since the budget carrier flydubai said Dubai residents from nine Indian cities are being allowed to fly back into the emirate.
UAE residents with valid Dubai-issued visas can fly from Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Mumbai and Thiruvanthapuram. While, the UAE residents holding Dubai-issued visas from other airports in India, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka have to wait until further notice.
People who are fully vaccinated with the Covishield vaccine from India can return to Dubai. Those who received the second dose of the Covishield vaccine from India must complete 14 days before flying to Dubai. Along with this, those who completed 14 days after receiving the second dose from UAE will be allowed to return.
On August 3, UAE had announced that it would allow its resident visa holders stranded in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Nigeria and Uganda to enter the UAE from August 5. According to this, residency-visa holders who have been vaccinated are allowed to travel from these countries.
Flydubai made it clear that ‘UAE residents holding a valid Dubai-issued visa together with a GDRFA approval issued on or after August 5 will be allowed to enter Dubai.’ Entry permissions granted by the GDRFA before August 5 will not be accepted.
Rules for Indian Passengers
UAE residents having a Dubai-issued visa will be granted permission to enter Dubai, travelling from the permitted airports in India.
- The passengers should fully be vaccinated in the UAE, and they should have completed 14 days after the 2nd dose. They should hold a vaccination card issued by a medical institution in the UAE.
- They should carry a printed copy of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result (displaying a QR code) in English or Arabic from a test taken by an approved health service no more than 48 hours before the departure of their inbound flight to Dubai.
- The passengers should undergo a rapid PCR, RT PCR, ID NOW or molecular test to detect nucleic acid for SARS COV2 four hours before the departure. A PCR test on arrival in Dubai will also be held.
- Dubai-issued UAE resident visa holders who have been fully vaccinated in the UAE and completed 14 days after the second dose must submit the vaccination card/certificate through the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website.