September 29, 2022

UAE-India travel: 7-day home quarantine required for international passengers

Image credit: Dubai Media Bureau

Dubai: All international passengers will now be required to quarantine at home for a week upon arrival in India, the government announced on Friday as it revised travel guidelines. They will also be required to do a second PCR test on the 8th day after arrival.

Travelers are required to upload the results of the repeat RT-PCR test for COVID-19 performed on the 8th day on the Air Suvidha portal, according to the revised guidelines. If they test negative, they will further monitor their health for the next seven days, the ministry added at the time.

Traveling from the United Arab Emirates to all cities except Mumbai

UAE airlines have updated their travel guidelines for passengers flying to India based on the announcement.

For passengers traveling to India (excluding Mumbai) from the United Arab Emirates, authorities will conduct COVID‑19 tests on random arriving passengers at their own expense. Passengers may leave the airport after presenting a sample.

If these passengers test negative, they must undergo home quarantine and also take a test on the 8th day to be uploaded to the Air Suvidha platform as per recent updates. If the passenger tests positive, they will need to follow the protocols in place for COVID-19 positive cases.

Traveling from United Arab Emirates to Mumbai

If you are traveling to Mumbai and residing there, you will need to take a PCR test upon arrival. If the test result is negative, home quarantine is applicable for 7 days, after which a second PCR test is required. If negative again, travelers are required to self-monitor for another 7 days.

If you test positive on the first or second test after arrival, you will be required to undergo institutional quarantine, as required by local authorities.

If you are traveling to another city via Mumbai, you will be permitted to board the respective connecting flight as scheduled.