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Updated 12 May 2022

The UAE has opened up international travel from India following the previously imposed travel ban.

Flights are operating between the two nations and Indians travelling to the UAE can now book their seats.

India to UAE flight news

Before booking your flight and hotel, here’s everything you should know about the current flight news and updated travel restrictions for UAE-India travel.

India to UAE flights

Air India

Air India operates regularly scheduled flights from major Indian cities to Dubai.

  • Delhi to Dubai – up to 2 direct flights and some connecting flights available 7 days a week. Ticket prices starting from INR 15,000
  • Mumbai to Dubai – up to 1 direct flights and some connecting flights available 7 days a week. Ticket prices starting from INR 15,400

Air India also has regular flights to Abu Dhabi.

  • Chennai to Abu Dhabi – up to 1 connecting flight available 7 days a week. Ticket prices starting from INR 18,600
  • Delhi to Abu Dhabi – up to 1 connecting flight available 7 days a week. Ticket prices starting from INR 18,400

If you wish to change any of the details of your booking e.g. date and time, you must inform Airindia of your changes prior to the scheduled time of departure of your flight to avoid any no show charges if applicable. Changes to your booking may incur a rebooking fee depending on the applicable fare rule.

If you want to cancel your booking and get a refund, no charges will be applicable.

For more details, click here.

Find out more details on Air India refund and cancellation policies.

India to Dubai flights

Emirates

Emirates operates regularly scheduled flights from major Indian cities to Dubai.

  • Delhi to Dubai – up to 4 daily flights available 7 days a week. Ticket prices starting from INR 24,000
  • Mumbai to Dubai – upto 5 daily flights available 7 days a week. Ticket prices starting from INR 18,500
  • Chennai to Dubai– up to 3 daily flights available 7 days a week. Ticket prices starting from INR 16,000

If you want to change the flight booking, call Emirates if you booked directly, or your travel agent.

If you want a refund, apply here.

Find out more details on Emirates refund and cancellation policies.

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India to Abu Dhabi flights

Etihad

Etihad operates regularly scheduled flights from major Indian cities to Dubai.

  • Delhi to Abu Dhabi – up to 2 direct flights available 7 days a week. Ticket prices starting from INR 23,740
  • Mumbai to Abu Dhabi – up to 2 direct flights available 7 days a week. Ticket prices starting from INR 15,324
  • Chennai to Abu Dhabi– up to 1 direct flight available 7 days a week. Ticket prices starting from INR 14,628

You are entitled to a refund if:

  • Any flight on your Etihad Airways ticket (starting 607) has been cancelled.
  • You or anyone accompanying you have received a positive COVID-19 PCR test result within one to seven days of your flight (you must present your test result in line with country regulations).
  • Travel is restricted by government regulations and you are unable to travel.

Request a refund here.

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UAE travel restrictions for Indian travellers

Please note that all UAE residents from India can now travel to Dubai without ICA and GDRFA approval.

All, Indian travellers must fulfil one of the below requirements:

  1. 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
  2. Present a valid negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate issued within 48 hours after the sample was collected and issued by an approved health service provider with a QR code
  3. Present a valid medical certificate with a QR code issued by the relevant authorities that the passenger has recovered from COVID‑19 within 1 month from the date of recovery to the date of arrival

Exemptions:

UAE nationals arriving from all countries to Dubai are not required to present any PCR or vaccination certificate, however there will be random PCR testing on arrival in Dubai.

An exemption from this requirement is also extended to the below categories of passengers travelling to Dubai from all destinations:

Testing requirements

Please note that fully vaccinated passengers from India are no longer required to undergo a Covid-19 PCR test before arrival in the UAE.

Dubai

Individuals can fly between the two countries but will be subject to the following measures:

  • Pre-departure testing: Unvaccinated arrivals from India will have to 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.
  • Post-arrival testing: On entering Dubai, arrivals may be requested to undergo a PCR test on arrival in Dubai.

Abu Dhabi

Fully vaccinated arrivals from India 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.

Quarantine requirements

As per the recent announcements made by NCEMA, quarantine requirements for incoming travellers have been done away with.

Dubai, however, will not require close contacts of positive cases, who are not experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms to undergo quarantine procedures. Furthermore, Abu Dhabi has also scrapped the on-arrival quarantine requirements.

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