UAE-India flights: a step-by-step travel guide for passengers amid Omicron concerns

In light of the Omicron threat, countries around the world, including the United Arab Emirates and India, have updated their travel metrics for arriving and departing passengers.

Travel bans in “red list” countries; pre-departure and upon arrival travel tests; and several other new warrants have discouraged many travelers from taking that well-deserved winter break.

In the early days after the World Health Organization (WHO) designated B.1.1.529, Omicron, as a variant of concern, the travel and tourism industry confirmed an increase in booking cancellations. India also announced a postponement of the resumption of international flights which were due to start from December 15, after the Indian Ministry of Health announced cases of Omicron in the country.

“However, now that health experts have said that Omicron’s symptoms are not very intense, interest in travel during the winter holidays is once again at its peak,” said Afi Ahmed, director. general of Smart Travels.

December is the peak travel season, especially for those traveling to India and ticket prices are usually sky-high. “At the moment, demand is normalizing. Expats from the United Arab Emirates are planning trips to celebrate Christmas and New Years in India. It is also the high season for weddings in India, ”he added.

Given the ever-changing guidelines, Khaleej Times has put together this factual record that answers all of your questions.

What are the last Indian mandates?

The Indian government has identified some countries “at risk”. They understand:

European countries, including the United Kingdom

South Africa





New Zealand



Hong Kong


Travelers from these countries should:

Rules for UAE-India travelers

UAE is not on India’s risk country list

Cost of RT-PCR testing in India

State level measures





Madhya Pradesh


Jammu and Kashmir

* Source: Airport Authority of India

Travel rules for passengers traveling from India to UAE

Source: UAE Airlines

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