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Updated 11 June 2021

As Pakistan continues to be in the thick of the coronavirus pandemic, travellers in the country have been forced to scrap their plans. Over 20 countries, including the US, the UAE and the UK, have placed a travel ban on Pakistan.

The UAE’s ban on Pakistan, in particular, has vexed several expats wanting to return to their homes in the Gulf.

Keep reading to know more about who can fly from Pakistan to Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the UAE and how.

Travelling from Pakistan to the UAE

Can I travel from Pakistan to the UAE?

Dubai and Abu Dhabi have different sets of rules when it comes to travel restrictions for international passengers during the pandemic.

So whether or not you can enter the United Arab Emirates from Pakistan depends on your destination as well as your visa.

Dubai

You’ll be able to enter Dubai from Pakistan only if you’re:

  • a member of diplomatic missions
  • a holder of UAE golden visa
  • a UAE national
  • permitted to enter the UAE by the appropriate authorities
  • travelling on a business flight who have a valid

Other than these exempt categories, no passenger will be allowed to enter or transit through Dubai.

Abu Dhabi

You’ll be able to enter Abu Dhabi from Pakistan only if you’re:

  • a holder of UAE golden visa
  • a UAE national
  • eligible for a visa on arrival

All other types of visas remain suspended.

 

Pre-departure testing

Dubai

Before travelling to the United Arab Emirates, you need to take a COVID-19 PCR test within  48 hours of the time of sample collection and scheduled flight departure in a certified lab and carry a negative certificate when you travel.

The test result should contain a QR code linked to the original report.

Passengers must download the DXB COVID‑19 app (iOS or Android) upon arrival at Dubai airports and provide all the required information.

Abu Dhabi

All travellers coming to Abu Dhabi are required to present a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test received within 72 hours prior to their scheduled departure.

The rules apply to all travellers, except children under the age of 12 and people with severe and moderate disabilities.

Download the ALHOSN UAE app (iOS or Android) on your mobile phone to allow authorities to monitor your health while you are in quarantine.

 

Post-arrival testing and quarantine

Dubai

On arrival, passengers from Pakistan need to undergo home or hotel quarantine for 10 days, starting from the day of arrival.

You’ll be required to take three more tests- one at the airport immediately upon arrival, the second on day 4 and the third on day 8.

You’ll be released from quarantine on day 11 only if you test negative in all three tests.

Abu Dhabi

After you have disembarked from your flight, medical authorities at Abu Dhabi International Airport will perform a free PCR test. Following the PCR test, you will be requested to sign a Quarantine Undertaking form while at the airport.

Vaccinated travellers need to quarantine for 5 days and take a second test on day 4.

Unvaccinated travellers have to quarantine for 10 days and take a second test on day 8.

Since Pakistan is considered a high-risk origin, you will be subject to quarantine at a government facility. After you clear immigration, you will be provided with a medically approved wristband for the duration of your quarantine.

 

Flights from Pakistan to the UAE

Pakistan Airlines’ flights, although very limited, are available to both Dubai and Abu Dhabi from 29 June onwards.

  • Karachi to Dubai: 1 flight available upto 3 days a week
  • Islamabad to Dubai: upto 4 flights available every day
  • Islamabad to Abu Dhabi: at least 3 flights available upto 6 days a week
  • Lahore to Dubai: upto 6 flights available every day
  • Lahore to Abu Dhabi: upto 5 flights available 4 days a week

Emirates has daily flights starting from 1 July from Pakistan to the UAE.

  • Karachi to Dubai: up to 4 flights available every day
  • Islamabad to Dubai: up to 2 flights available every day
  • Lahore to Dubai: up to 2 flights available every day

Etihad, too, has flights from Pakistan but none before 1 July.

  • Karachi to Abu Dhabi: 1 flight available every day
  • Islamabad to Abu Dhabi: 2 flights available every day
  • Lahore to Abu Dhabi: up to 2 flights available every day
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Travelling to Pakistan from UAE

Can I travel to Pakistan from the UAE?

Yes, you can. Pakistan currently doesn’t have a ban in place for visitors from the UAE.

Passengers must download the Pass Track App before boarding and submit their personal details or submit their details and have a printed confirmation.

Testing requirements

Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.

Tests accepted are COVID-19 PCR, COVID-19 Real Time RT-PCR, COVID-19 RT-PCR, SARS-CoV2 GeneXpert, SARS-CoV2 PCR, SARS-CoV2 Real Time RT-PCR, SARS-CoV2 RT-PCR and SARS-CoV2 Xpert Xpress.

Exemptions apply for passengers younger than 12 years and passengers with disabilities.

All visitors to Pakistan are subject to thermal screening and antigen test on arrival. If found to be symptomatic, you will be allowed to proceed to your destination but you will be required to have a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of arrival and submit the results of the test to the authorities. If the test is positive you will have to self-isolate in line with Pakistan’s guidelines.

Quarantine guidelines

On arrival, each passenger will be subjected to health screening.

  • Asymptomatic passengers will be sent home, and added to the Track and Trace system by respective provincial/federal authorities, and monitored to ensure self-isolation is carried out for 14 days.
  • Symptomatic passengers will be tested and quarantined until availability of test results.
    – Negative cases are to be sent home and tracked and traced by provinces accordingly.
    – Positive cases belonging to province of residence will be handled as per health protocols (either home quarantined or treated as per medical guidelines). Positive cases belonging to other provinces must be quarantined for a 14-day period by the province of arrival, and cannot be allowed to travel before completion of quarantine period.

Flights from the UAE to Pakistan

Pakistan Airlines

  • Dubai – Karachi: 3 weekly flights
  • Dubai – Islamabad: 4 weekly flights
  • Dubai – Lahore: 7 weekly flights, 1 daily flight
  • Abu Dhabi – Karachi No flights available till the end of year
  • Abu Dhabi – Islamabad: 3 weekly flights
  • Abu Dhabi – Lahore: 2 weekly flights

Etihad

  • Dubai – Karachi: Up to 11 flights every day
  • Dubai – Islamabad: Up to 8 flights every day
  • Dubai – Lahore: Up to 10 flights every day
  • Abu Dhabi – Karachi: 1 daily flight every day
  • Abu Dhabi – Islamabad: 2 flights every day
  • Abu Dhabi – Lahore: Up to 2 flights per day

Emirates

  • Dubai – Karachi: 4 daily flights
  • Dubai – Islamabad: Up to 2 daily flights
  • Dubai – Lahore: Up to 2 daily flights