Updated 30 November 2022
After a year of stringent restrictions across its border, the United Arab Emirates is now taking a step towards normalcy by easing the Covid-19 precautionary measures in the country. The UAE has also scrapped PCR testing requirements for fully vaccinated travellers to the country.
Keep reading to know more about who can fly from Pakistan to Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the UAE and how.
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Flights from Pakistan to the UAE
Pakistan to Dubai flight schedules and ticket price
Pakistan International Airlines
- Karachi to Dubai: 2 direct flights available every week. Ticket fares starting from PKR 29,400
- Islamabad to Dubai: 2-3 direct flights available 7 days a week. Ticket fares starting from PKR 40,328
- Lahore to Dubai: up to 2 flights available 7 days a week. Ticket fares starting from PKR 40,308
- Lahore to Dubai: up to 1 direct flight available 7 days a week. Ticket fares starting from PKR 33,307
- Islamabad to Dubai: up to 1 direct flight available 7 days a week. Ticket fares starting from PKR 33,307
- Karachi to Dubai: up to 1 flight available 5 days a week. Ticket fares starting from PKR 25,372
- Karachi to Dubai: up to 3 daily flights available every day of the week. Ticket fares starting from PKR 40,878
- Islamabad to Dubai: up to 2 flights available on most days of the week. Ticket fares starting from PKR 55,373
- Lahore to Dubai: up to 2 flights available on most days of the week. Ticket fares starting from PKR 56,944
Pakistan to Abu Dhabi flight schedules and ticket price
Pakistan International Airlines
- Islamabad to Abu Dhabi: upto 3 flights available all days of the week. Ticket fares starting from PKR 40,308
- Lahore to Abu Dhabi: upto 3 flights available all days of the week. Ticket fares starting from PKR 40,308
- Karachi to Abu Dhabi: upto 2 flights 3 days a week. Ticket fares starting from PKR 38,988
- Islamabad to Abu Dhabi: upto 2 daily flights every day of the week. Ticket fares starting from PKR 48,818
- Islamabad to Abu Dhabi: 1 daily flight 4 days a week. Ticket fares starting from PKR 31,790
- Lahore to Abu Dhabi: at least 1 daily flight available upto 4 days a week. Ticket fares starting from PKR 33,711
Pakistan to the UAE travel requirements
Can I travel from Pakistan to the UAE?
Yes, you can. After a year of stringent restrictions across its borders, the UAE government has now eased its COVID-19 restrictions, as a step towards normalcy. Travellers from Pakistan can now visit Dubai. However, they will have to follow all entry requirements as mentioned below.
Travel ban on unvaccinated citizens
The National Command and Operation Centre of Pakistan had already announced that only fully vaccinated travellers of age 18 and above are allowed domestic/international travel on inbound/outbound flights to/from Pakistan. This implies that only fully vaccinated Pakistanis may travel to the UAE right now.
Please note that fully vaccinated arrivals from Pakistan to Dubai are no longer required to undergo the PCR testing requirements in the Emirate.
Passengers travelling to Dubai from Pakistan must fulfill any one of the requirements given below:
- Present a valid vaccination certificate(s) reflecting that the passenger is fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the WHO or the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and includes a QR code
- Unvaccinated arrivals must present a valid negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate issued within 48 hours from the time of sample collection and issued by an approved health service provider with a QR code, or
- Present a valid medical certificate with a QR code issued by the relevant authorities that the passenger has recovered from COVID‑19 within one month from the date of recovery to the date of arrival
Please note that:
- Printed or digital PCR test certificates or vaccination certificates are accepted in English or Arabic and must include a QR code. SMS certificates are not accepted.
- COVID‑19 vaccination certificates without a QR code will be accepted for travel to Dubai as long as the vaccination certificate is issued by test centres/organisations recognised/approved by the national health authorities of the country.
- COVID‑19 PCR test or vaccination certificates in other languages are acceptable if they can be validated at the departure point.
- PCR tests must be based on a molecular diagnostic test intended for the qualitative detection of nucleic acid for SARS‑COV‑2 viral RNA. Rapid antigen, antibody or any form of rapid lateral flow tests and home test kits will not be accepted.
Following passengers are exempted from PCR Tests:
- All UAE nationals returning to Dubai from any country are exempted from the pre-departure COVID‑19 PCR test requirements but must take a COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival.
- Non-UAE nationals accompanying a first-degree UAE national family member and domestic workers accompanying a UAE national sponsor are also exempted from the pre-departure COVID‑19 PCR test requirements but must take a COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival.
- Children below 12 years old.
- Passengers with moderate to severe disabilities:
- Moderate or severe disability includes neurological disorders and intellectual or developmental disabilities. For example Acute spinal cord injury, Alzheimer’s disease, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Ataxia, Autism spectrum, Bell’s palsy, Brain tumors, Cerebral aneurysm, Cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, Epilepsy and seizures.
- All other passengers, including those who are visually impaired, hearing impaired or physically challenged must hold a negative COVID‑19 RT PCR test certificate as per the requirements.
Fully vaccinated arrivals from Pakistan travelling to Abu Dhabi are no longer required to undergo a test before they fly to Abu Dhabi.
However, if passengers are not fully vaccinated, they must present
- A negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours, or
- A COVID-19 recovery certificate. The recovery certificate must be dated within 30 days of departure and have a QR code. Children under 16 are exempt.
It is now no longer mandatory to take a PCR test upon arrival in Abu Dhabi International Airport. However, the testing facility remains at the airport for any visitors that wish to take a PCR test to activate their Green Pass in Al Hosn app and facilitate access to Abu Dhabi’s public places and tourist attractions. The cost of this PCR test is AED 40.
There is no need to re-test whilst in Abu Dhabi.
All those who test positive for COVID-19 during their stay in the UAE must isolate themselves for 10 days.
Abu Dhabi residents are required to take two Covid-19 PCR tests separated by a gap of 24 hours to end their quarantine period.