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Covid-19: Travelling to India from UAE? Here's what you need to know

Published on September 12, 2020 at 00.01

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If you are returning to India from the UAE, you may be wondering if you need to get a Covid-19 test and what the quarantine requirements are. Here is everything you need to know:
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What is an air bubble arrangement?

India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Government of UAE has signed an ‘air travel arrangement’, or ‘air bubble’ – a temporary arrangement between two countries aimed at restarting commercial passenger services when regular international flights are suspended as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. At present, India has transport bubbles and air travel arrangements with USA, UK, Canada, Qatar, France, Germany, Afghanistan, Maldives and the UAE.
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How long is the UAE- India air travel arrangement

The Ministry stipulates that air bubbles are reciprocal in nature, meaning airlines from both countries enjoy similar benefits. The UAE – India air bubble agreement is valid until October 31, 2020 and both Indian and UAE carriers are permitted to operate flights between both nations.
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Who can travel from UAE to India?

From UAE to India, stranded Indian nationals, all Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding UAE passports, and UAE nationals (including diplomats) holding valid visa issued by an Indian Mission in any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.
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Who can travel from India to UAE?

From India to UAE, UAE nationals, ICA and GDRFA approved UAE residents destined for UAE only, and any Indian national holding any type of valid UAE visa and destined for UAE only.

It would be for the airlines concerned to ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter UAE with the particular visa category before issue of ticket or boarding pass to the Indian passengers.

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How to book tickets to travel to India?

Any Indian national who desires to travel from UAE to India, on air bubble flights, can book their tickets by visiting on airlines websites. For those wishing to travel on Air India Express, book flight tickets through www.airindiaexpress.in or through our authorised travel agents.

It would be for the airlines concerned to ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter UAE with the particular visa category before issue of ticket or boarding pass to the Indian passengers.
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How to book tickets to travel to India?

Any Indian national who desires to travel from UAE to India, on air bubble flights, can book their tickets by visiting on airlines websites. For those wishing to travel on Air India Express, book flight tickets through www.airindiaexpress.in or through our authorised travel agents.
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Do I need negative PCR test before travelling

It is not mandatory; however, it is highly recommended for passengers travelling to India. Last month, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) had said travellers are exempt from a mandatory seven-day institutional quarantine by submitting a negative Covid-19 test. The test should be conducted no more than 96-hours before undertaking the journey. However, those travelling to Tamil Nadu and West Bengal must produce a negative RT-PCR test result. Travellers can avail an affordable Covid-19 test from NMC Healthcare for Dh150 and a Dh190 for a home test.
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Is it mandatory to show Covid report at airports?

It is not mandatory for passengers from Dubai International Airports, however, those travelling from Abu Dhabi and Sharjah must show a report.

Abu Dhabi: As per the Directives received from UAE MOH, effective 21st August 2020, all passengers departing from Abu Dhabi are required to carry a Negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test certificate, with a validity of not more than 96 hours from the time of departure.

Dubai and Sharjah: Covid-19 RT-PCR test is only mandatory for the Indian destinations which requires the COVID -19 RT-PCR report.

Children under the age of 12 and passengers who have a moderate or severe disability are also exempt from this test. Passengers who have undertaken Covid-19 RT-PCR test are exempt from undertaking the rapid test.
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How long do I need to home quarantine in India?

Passengers with the negative Covid-19 test results need to home-quarantine for 14 days. The 14-day home quarantine option is also available for passengers with "compelling reasons/cases of human distress" such as pregnancy, death in family, serious illness and parent(s) with children of the age of ten years or below.
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What other documents do I need to carry?

• All travellers should submit self-declaration form on the online portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel.

• They should also give an undertaking on the portal that they would undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days - seven days paid institutional quarantine at their own cost, followed by seven days isolation at home with "self-monitoring of health".

• Travellers wishing to seek exemption from paid quarantine need to apply on the online portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) at least 72 hours before boarding. The decision taken by the government as communicated on the online portal will be final.

•All passengers shall be advised to download contact tracing app Arogya Setu on their mobile devices.
 
 
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