GDRFA approval is no longer part of the requirements for Dubai residents who wish to re-enter the country, says Emirates Airline


The announcement took effect on February 12, 2021, when the airline confirmed that Dubai residents dont need GDRFA approval to fly back. Previously, the approval was valid for 30 days, so residents who were planning to return in less than 30 days could apply before their scheduled departure.

Some expats with UAE residence visas who were in their home country, received an email from the airline stating that Dubai residents returning to the emirate are not required to take approval.  The only requirement for Dubai residents returning to the city is a negative PCR test result certificate for COVID-19  taken no more than 72 hours before departure.

However, it is also advised that passengers traveling to and connecting in Dubai must present specific documents at check-in to board the flight. They would also need to double check the travel requirements for their final destination and ensure to comply with the entry requirements of their destination country.

There are various regulations applied and followed by different airlines, hence it is highly advisable to frequently check the requirement regularly before traveling. Hensley&Cook collected important links from various airline and official governmental news update during COVID-19, visit for more details.

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