Details: UAE repatriation flights to and from India

By Eudore R. Chand

UAE 12 July 2020: Following the partial lifting of international flight restrictions by UAE and Indian authorities on travel for eligible individuals to and from Abu Dhabi to India, Etihad Airways, Emirates and Flydubai will resume a limited number of special flights to Indian gateways. 

All eligible passengers travelling from India to Abu Dhabi must possess relevant UAE entry approvals. Passengers travelling to India must adhere to guidelines set by the Government of India.

Passengers are requested to arrive at airports a minimum of four hours prior to departure to undertake mandatory rapid testing before check-in.

Etihad schedule of special flights effective 15 July to 26 July. (Subject to change).

Emirates repatriation flights

Emirates will also operate special repatriation flights to five Indian cities between 12th and 26th July to assist stranded Indians get home and for residents of UAE currently in India to return to the UAE.

The flights will be operated to

  1. Bengaluru: Twice daily flights
  2. Delhi: Twice daily flights
  3. Kochi: Twice daily flights
  4. Mumbai: Thrice daily flights
  5. Thiruvananthapuram: once daily flights

The flights to Bengaluru and Mumbai are subject to state government approval.

Only Indian citizens stranded in the UAE will be allowed to fly from Dubai to the five Indian destinations.

These flights will be available for UAE nationals and residents with prior entry approval from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs, GDFRA, for residents of Dubai and ICA approval for residents of other emirates of the UAE.

All passengers travelling from airports in India to Dubai are also required to carry a negative Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) certificate issued by a laboratory authorised by the government of India to be accepted on the flight. Certificates must be issued no more than 96 hours before departure.

Flydubai Special flights

Air Arabia will be operating special scheduled flights from Sharjah to India. These special flights are dedicated to carrying Indian passengers residing in the UAE back home.

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