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GDRFA, ICA approvals; Covid PCR test validity; your guide to travelling to Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah – News

GDRFA, ICA approvals; Covid PCR test validity; your guide to travelling to Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah - News
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Residents can travel to Dubai without GDRFA or ICA approval, except when traveling from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Sudan



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Posted: Wednesday January 12 2022, 12:01 pm

Latest update: Thursday, January 13, 2022, 7:29 am

The highly contagious Omicron variant of Covid-19 has tightened safety protocols and closed some borders around the world.

The UAE has also tightened rules, with the country imposing a travel ban on Emiratis unless they are fully vaccinated.

Here is your guide to travel to the United Arab Emirates based on information collected from official sources as of January 12, 2022.

Abu Dhabi

(Information taken from Etihad Airways website)

Register with ICA Smart Travel Service

Unless you are an Emirati, UAE residents are required to register via the ICA Smart Travel Service prior to travel.

If fully vaccinated in the UAE:

Register anytime before you travel.

You do not need to upload your vaccine certificate.

If fully vaccinated outside the country:

Register five days before your flight.

When you register, you will receive a QR code via email.

If you have not been vaccinated:

Register anytime before you travel.

When you register, you will receive a QR code via email.

Covid test: Passengers must have a negative Covid-19 PCR test result before each Etihad flight. If Abu Dhabi is your final destination, take the test 48 hours before your flight departs. Some exceptions apply. Covid testing is also required for transit passengers.

A rapid PCR test that is taken within six hours of boarding at the airport is also required for travelers from some countries such as India and Pakistan.

Quarantine and testing on arrival:

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Test upon arrival at Abu Dhabi Airport.

No quarantine.

Test on the sixth day.

Visiting from any other side

Test upon arrival at Abu Dhabi Airport.

No quarantine.

Test on the fourth and eighth days.

Dubai

(Information taken from Emirates website)

GDRFA / ICA . Approval

All residents of the United Arab Emirates can travel to Dubai without GDRFA or ICA approval, except when traveling from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Sudan.

The approval of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) is not necessary for travelers with other visas, such as newly issued residence or work; short stay or long stay; UAE Golden Visa for 10 years; Investor or partner. Visitor visa or visa on arrival.

PCR test

Passengers from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Sudan must submit a negative result for the Covid-19 PCR test done within 48 hours. They must also submit a negative result for a rapid PCR test that is taken within six hours of departure.

Passengers traveling to Dubai from all countries (including the GCC) are required to obtain a negative result for a Covid-19 PCR test conducted 48-72 hours prior to departure.

Traveling from the United Kingdom

All passengers from the UK to Dubai must carry a negative Covid-19 PCR test result that took no more than 48 hours before departure. The RT‑PCR test result certificate must state where the sample was taken.

Arrival test

Passengers from some countries will need to take a PCR test upon arrival at Dubai Airport. These travelers must remain at their place of residence until they receive the test result.

Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah

(Information taken from Air Arabia website)

Register with ICA Smart Travel Service

All passengers arriving in Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah on a newly issued e-Visa must register before their departure.

Abu Dhabi residence visa holders traveling to Sharjah should visit emirentry.ica.gov.ae before booking a flight to check their entry status. No prior approval is required for visas issued in Sharjah or any other emirate.

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PCR test

Passengers, including UAE nationals, coming from India, Pakistan, Kenya, Nepal, Bangladesh, Uganda and Sri Lanka are required to have a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours of the flight. They are also required to take a rapid PCR test at the airport six hours before departure. Children under 16 years of age are exempt from the tests.

Passengers arriving from other countries can take the test within 72 hours of the flight departure time. All passengers will be tested upon arrival. UAE nationals and children under 12 years of age are exempt from the test.

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