Indians with valid visas to the United Arab Emirates will likely be able to travel there soon as per the special arrangements that India is working out with several countries. Pavan Kapoor, Indian Ambassador to the UAE, tweeted on the same, stating that a decision to this effect has been taken by the MHA (Union Home Ministry) in India, and that a formal notification will be issued by the Indian Aviation Ministry in the next few days.
Referring to this, Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri recently said that air bubbles are being worked out with some neighbouring countries so as to enable continuity of travel to other countries.
Ambassador Kapoor also stated that since the UAE has recently started issuing new visas, and that they have recommended to authorities in India to consider allowing Indians with valid visas to travel to the UAE.
Dubai is one of the most favoured tourist destinations for Indian travellers, which is now conditionally open for tourists. Regarding the rules that one needs to bear in mind while travelling to the UAE as per the Emirates website, they should be— all passengers arriving in Dubai from any destination, including those connecting in Dubai, must show a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate to be accepted on the flight. Also, the test must have been taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure.
Reportedly, the UAE government has set up specified designated laboratories. Anyone flying from India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, you must get your certificate from one of these labs, and it is likely that you might have to take another COVID-19 PCR test on arrival. Also, if you take a test at the airport, you will have to be in your hotel or residence until you receive the test result.
Then, if the test result comes positive, you will have to undergo isolation and follow the Dubai Health Authority guidelines. You will also be required to download the COVID-19 – DXB Smart App, as per the Emirates website, which states this is also one of the current entry requirements to Dubai.