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ICA approval not needed for UAE residents flying from India to Abu Dubai: Air India Express

Dhanusha Gokulan (Principal Correspondent)/Dubai Filed on August 11, 2020 | Last updated on August 11, 2020 at 06.28 pm
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Air India Express said travellers to Dubai and Sharjah still need an ICA or GDRFA approval.

Starting today (August 11), UAE residency visa holders don't require a Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) approval to travel to Abu Dhabi, Air India Express announced on Tuesday.

All passengers must have a negative Covid-19 PCR test result from an approved facility. The test must have been taken within 96 hours of travel, the airline said.

As Khaleej Times reported on Monday, Pakistan International Airlines and Airblue said they have started taking bookings from Pakistani passengers who don't have an ICA approval for travelling to Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.

Air India Express said travellers to Dubai and Sharjah still need an ICA or General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) approval.

However, an Indian diplomat had on Monday told Khaleej Times they were "given to understand" that residents don't need approval from the ICA or the GDRFA to travel to the UAE.


Dhanusha Gokulan

Originally from India, Dhanusha Gokulan has been working as a journalist for 10 years. She has a keen interest in writing about issues that plague the common person, and will never turn down a human interest story. She completed her Bachelor in Arts in Journalism, Economics, and English Literature from Mangalore University in 2008. In her spare time, she dabbles with some singing/songwriting, loves travelling, and Audible is her favourite mobile application. Tweet at her @wordjunkie88

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