Valid -ve COVID report not mandatory for Indian passengers to UAE below 12

The UAE government has permitted entry into the emirates, for those with a stamped resident permit in their passports, for a limited period between 12th July 2020 till 26th July 2020 . 

A valid Negative COVID-19 PCR test, from a government-approved laboratory, no older than 96 hours prior departure is required for travel back to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.

However Air India Express has said in its website that, "For children below 12 years, Covid-19 PCR Test is not mandatory,” in its latest update. 

This was to clarify frequently asked questions from passengers who are returning to UAE with their children. 

Replying to a tweet from a passenger flying to UAE from India, who was concerned about getting her infant tested, the airline said: "As per the recent update, it is mandatory only for passengers above 12 years of age. But please check out our blog often to know the recent updates as it may change accordingly." 

The airline had earlier reiterated that the entry permission is not for work permit holders or those on tourist visa wanting to travel to Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Sharjah from India, as tweeted by the embsassy.

Even for passengers with a stamped UAE resident permit in their passport they still need: 

(i) A valid ICA or GDRFA approval if you are going to Sharjah

(ii) A valid Negative COVID – 19 PCR test report from a government-approved laboratory for all passengers above 12 years old.

(iii) Health Declaration Form for Sharjah, Quarantine Undertaking form to be filled and submitted at Sharjah Airport on arrival. 

It further states that: 

  • Passengers with expired ICA / GDRFA approval will not be accepted at check-in. The passenger to apply afresh for entry into UAE.
  • For returning to Dubai or Sharjah you can have either a valid ICA approval or GDRFA approval.
  • For returning to Abu Dhabi you must have a valid ICA approval.

It posted: "A valid Covid-19 PCR test, from a government-approved laboratory, no older than 96 hours prior departure is required for travel back to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah."

PCR testing in the UAE varies depending on the port of arrival.  When you arrive in Dubai, you must take a PCR test at the airport and remain in your residence until you receive the test result. If the test result is positive, you will be required to undergo isolation and follow the Dubai Health Authority guidelines.

In Abu Dhabi PCR testing and temperature screening is in operation at Abu Dhabi airport while in Sharjah, PCR testing is being undertaken on arrival.

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