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Updated 22 April 2022

Eid al Fitr may perhaps be best described as a day of celebration following a month of sacrifice and self-purification. Muslims around the globe offer prayers during the morning hours not just as an act of worship but also as an expression of thankfulness for having been granted the resolve to emerge from the month-long trial unscathed.   

While the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, travellers looking to travel for or during Eid would likely be able to do so as countries gradually ease their travel restrictions

For those looking to embark on a journey on the day of Eid, here’s all you need to know about Eid Fitr 2022 flights.    

Eid Fitr 2022 flights

Eid al Fitr is first and foremost a religious celebration, however, it is also essentially an extended period of holiday often utilized by Muslim travellers to spend Eid in a different setting. For this year’s Eid, UAE travellers can look forward to a whopping five-day holiday from May 1 to 5. This will no doubt serve as a further incentive for Muslim travellers to set their Eid travel plans in motion. 

What’s more, it is also accurate to associate Eid al Fitr with travelling since Muslims generally tend to make their way back to their hometown and celebrate with families and loved ones.

Flying home for Eid

Although the pandemic did largely stifle the tradition of returning home for Eid these past two years, this year’s prospect may just be a bit more promising. Countries with the strictest travel restrictions such as Saudi Arabia and Singapore have started to open up to international arrivals.

Elsewhere, international visitors or returning residents are now able to enter India and Pakistan, while countries the likes of the UAE and Qatar remain open.

The UK has recently abolished all remaining COVID-19 travel restrictions for international arrivals. EU countries such as Denmark, Germany, and France allow visitors regardless of their country of origin to enter their borders.  

So wherever your hometown may be, it’s safe to say that returning home for this year’s Eid is largely a matter of simply booking that flight.

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Travelling during Eid

Eid is naturally the best time to congregate with your extended family and enjoy some seasonal and hearty meals. But for those looking to spend Eid abroad with their family and friends, options are available. There are lots of destinations where you and your travel companions may travel to for an amazing Eid al Fitr.

Here are our recommendations for your Eid Fitr flights.

*All prices are accurate at the time of writing

Saudi Arabia

This may seem obvious, but why not experience Edi al Fitr in the birthplace of Islam? You can expect a variety of Eid Al Fitr and Ramadan customs such as the Five Salawat and experience a unique delicacy called ‘bamya,’ a stew made of okra and meat. 

With Saudi Arabia recently dropping all travel restrictions to the country, spending your Eid in Makkah may prove to be the perfect hassle-free Eid holiday for the whole family. Note that unvaccinated travellers will need to provide a negative PCR test within 48 hours.

Cheapest airlines from the UAE: Flynas, Saudia, Flydubai, Jazeera Airways, Gulf Air.
Prices: Start from AED 577
Schedule: Daily flights available for the month of May 2022

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India

With its snow-clad mountains, numerous hill stations, the great Indian Thar Desert, pristine beaches, and coastal beauties, India offers a plethora of different and unique experiences to tourists all year round. 

All travellers must pre-register on Air Suvidha. Those vaccinated do not need to submit negative test reports. Quarantine has been scrapped for all.

Cheap daily flights are operated by several airlines on a regular basis to India. Depending on your city of arrival, an economy class flight ticket from the UAE to India starts from AED 476 for the month of May.  

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Pakistan

Pakistan regularly entices world travellers with its towering and spectacular mountains, beautiful lakes, and its cultural and gastronomical richness. The world is also in awe of the architectural feats of the Mughal Empire perfectly complemented by the hospitable and friendly nature of the people. Definitely a destination worth spending your Eid holiday this year.

Travellers must be fully vaccinated or present a certificate of recovery in order to be able to enter Pakistan.

Cheap daily flights are operated by several airlines on a regular basis to Pakistan. Depending on your city of arrival, an economy class flight ticket from the UAE to Pakistan starts from AED 805 for the month of May. 

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Oman

Oman is renowned for its diversity of landscapes, including deserts, mountains and the sea. The best way of properly acquainting yourself with Oman is to visit and discover Muscat, the essential Omani capital. From there, you can opt to explore the Sultanate by bathing and diving in the waters of the Musandam region or tour the Wahiba desert and meet the Bedouins.

All travellers above 18 years old are required to present a COVID‑19 vaccine certificate with a QR code stating that they have received two doses of any COVID‑19 vaccine approved in Oman. The last dose must be administered not less than 14 days before arrival.

Cheapest airlines from the UAE: Flydubai, Oman Air, SalamAir, Emirates, Qatar Airways.
Prices: Start from AED 740
Schedule: Daily flights available for the month of May 2022

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The Philippines

The Philippines entices visitors with its emerald green rice paddies, white sandy beaches, captivating underground rivers and caves, along with its unmistakably unique cultural heritage. If you’re looking for a change of scenery this Eid, the Philippines may just be the perfect destination.

Non-vaccinated foreign nationals will not be accepted for travel to the Philippines. Unvaccinated Filipino nationals on the other hand may enter the Philippines without any restrictions. Fully vaccinated passengers will no longer be required to undergo facility‑based quarantine.

Cheapest airlines from the UAE: Oman Air, SriLankan Airline, IndiGo, Cebu Pacific, Flydubai.
Prices: Start from AED 1,530
Schedule: Daily flights available for the month of May 2022

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Armenia

Armenia is a country where cuisine, culture, history and modernity intertwine together to create a fine blend of unforgettable memories. Start your Armenia exploration by visiting Yerevan, the country’s largest city where you can visit the grand Republic Square, the Vernissage flea market, and traverse the Hrazdan gorge.

A full dose of vaccine certificate or negative RT-PCR test result is needed to enter Armenia.

Cheapest airlines from the UAE: Flydubai, Emirates, Etihad, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, Qatar Airways.
Prices: Start from AED 892
Schedule: Daily flights available for the month of May 2022

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The UK

The United Kingdom remains among the favourite destinations for world travellers, either for tourism or business. Emiratis love to visit the island nation of the United Kingdom, famous for its dreamy beaches, heavenly chapels and vast green countrysides.

There are no longer any COVID‑19 entry restrictions for travel to the United Kingdom. This includes requirements for testing, vaccination, quarantine and entry forms.

Cheapest airlines from the UAE: Oman Air, Flydubai, Turkish Airlines, Air France, Qatar Airways.
Prices: Start from AED 1,530
Schedule: Daily flights available for the month of May 2022

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Phuket

If you’re looking for a change of scenery, a journey to the land of smiles may just be warranted this Eid. The Phuket sandbox program allows travellers from practically everywhere to spend some time in this enchanting island defined by its crystal clear water and verdant green hills.

No quarantine is necessary provided you’ve been fully vaccinated and possess a negative PCR certificate before your flight to Phuket.

Cheapest airlines from the UAE: Thai Smile Air, Go First, Thai Airways, IndiGo, Vistara, Scoot
Prices: Start from AED 841
Schedule: Multiple daily flights available for the month of May 2022

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Maldives

Ever wonder what it would be like to celebrate Eid al Fitr in a tropical paradise? If so, then an Eid trip to the Maldives would definitely be a memorable experience. Imagine being surrounded by a transparent ocean in an exquisite overwater villa with Arabic sweets, dates, Turkish coffee, juices and buttermilk at your disposal. 

The Maldives requires all visitors to fill in a Traveller Health Declaration form 48 hours before departure to enter the country. PCR tests are no longer required for those who are fully vaccinated.

Cheapest airlines from the UAE: IndiGo, Air India Express, Jazeera Airways, Vistara
Prices: Start from AED 755
Schedule: Multiple daily flights available for the month of May 2022

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Sharm el-Sheikh

If you’d like to be at the center of a colorful and vibrant Eid festivities and activities, there’s no better place to be than the beautiful Egyptian resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh. This small and vibrant town allows visitors to partake in scores of Eid traditions and activities. Additionally, Sharm el-Sheikh also offers a plethora of other activities such as scuba diving, desert safari, and charming souqs. 

Fully vaccinated travellers visiting Sharm el-Sheikh will not be required to take tests or quarantine provided they are not arriving from countries where variants of concern have been identified.

Cheapest airlines from the UAE: Oman Air, Royal Jordanian, Egypt Air, Kuwait Airways, Gulf Air
Prices: Start from AED 963
Schedule: Multiple daily flights available for the month of May 2022

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Mauritius

Affectionately known as the gem of Africa, Mauritius is a paradise renowned among travellers for its enchanting beaches and friendly locals. Whether spending Eid with your family or your significant other, an Eid spell in this tropical paradise is sure to forge some life-long memories.

Fully vaccinated travellers will be subjected to on-arrival testing but will not be required to undergo quarantine.

Cheapest airlines from the UAE: Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Qatar Airways, Emirates, Turkish Airlines
Prices: Start from AED 2,099
Schedule: From 9 April to the end of June, Emirates will be scaling up operations from daily to nine weekly flights. Daily flights are available for the month of April 2022 for other airlines. 

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Georgia

The Georgian capital Tbilisi is nestled on the banks of the Mtkvari River with panoramic hills and mountains surrounding it. The main allure of the city would arguably be its 6th-century architecture and the charm of its colorful Old Town.

Entry to Georgia from any country is possible with a vaccine certificate and a negative PCR test certificate issued within 72 hours prior to departure.

Cheapest airlines from the UAE: Pegasus Airlines, Azerbaijan Airlines, Flydubai, Turkish Airlines
Prices: Start from AED 979
Schedule: Daily flights available for the month of May 2022

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Kenya

Roam the African plains by heading towards Kenya for a truly green nature retreat this Eid. Visit the wild animals of Africa during the day as part of the stunning wildlife safaris and relax under the starlit skies during the night.  

Travellers must submit a negative RT-PCR test report taken at least 96 hours before arrival in Kenya. Fill in an electronic traveller’s surveillance form through the Jitenge application or weblink (www.bit.ly/covid19moh) and present a QR code generated from Jitenge to port health officials to access the details filled in the form.

Cheapest airlines from the UAE: Egypt Air, Ethiopian Airlines, Qatar Airways, Emirates, Saudia
Prices: Start from AED 980
Schedule: Daily flights available for the month of May 2022

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When to book your Eid Fitr 2022 flight?

As you may have guessed, airfares will most certainly spike during Ramadan. If previous years are any indicator, the prices of airline tickets could peak at more than double their normal rates. 

So if you’ve any inclination of travelling during Eid, it’s best to book your tickets now or as soon as possible.

 

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