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Updated 17 January 2022

The state of Maharashtra has now revised quarantine requirements for international travellers from the UAE, including Dubai. Travellers are now exempt from the previously mandated 7 days of home quarantine after arriving in Maharashtra.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in India had earlier mandated a 7-day quarantine along with an RT-PCR test on arrival for all travellers arriving from the UAE. However, as per the recent announcement by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), no special SOPs will be applicable for passengers coming from the UAE, including Dubai.

India-bound travellers from the UAE will no longer be required to undergo quarantine nor take a PCR test on arrival in Maharashtra.

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The new directives have been enforced with effect from 17 January 2022.


Maharashtra reported a decline in Covid cases at 41,327 with a total of 1,738 Omicron infections on 16 January 2022. The recommendation to withdraw the additional surveillance on passengers arriving from the United Arab Emirates was taken in a virtual meeting of the civic officials where it was discussed that Mumbai seems to have reached its peak of the third wave and decreased infection rates. The state has also considered reopening schools in the coming weeks.

Check out our article for a complete guide on the entry and quarantine rules in Mumbai and other cities in Maharashtra,