Flights to Dubai: Covid vaccination certificate not required for residents to return. This is specific to travel to Dubai and not other emirates.
13 August 2021, 12:00 AM
31 August 2021, 12:00 AM
A Covid-19 vaccination certificate is no longer a requirement for those travelling to Dubai from countries including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal.
Emirates Airline support team confirmed this on Twitter in response to a query posed by a resident. He had asked the airline if residents vaccinated with Covishield could return to Dubai.
On its website, Emirates said all passengers with a valid UAE residence visa are allowed to travel to and through Dubai from the restricted countries, subject to the below conditions:
• Dubai visa holders must apply for pre entry approval through General Directorate of Residency and
Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA).
• Passengers must have a valid Covid-19 test certificate issued within 48 hours between the time of
sample collection and scheduled flight departure. Only Covid-19 PCR test reports from certified labs
that issue a QR code linked to the original report will be accepted.
• Passengers must complete a Covid-19 PCR rapid test four hours before the departure of their flight.
Rapid antigen test will not be accepted.
•Passengers must complete a Covid-19 PCR test on arrival in Dubai.
Meanwhile, a top Air India official in the UAE confirmed: “As per instructions issued by civil aviation authorities in Dubai, for passengers to disembark in Dubai, only three documents are required. They need to have a GDRFA approval, negative RT-PCR test result taken 48 hours before departure, and a rapid PCR test result from the airport.”