Updates on Emirates flights from the US to India and neighboring countries

(All Photos Courtesy of Emirates.)

All passengers boarding Emirates flights, whose travel originates in the below U.S. gateways, cannot be accepted unless they hold a COVID19 negative certificate issued by a local government-approved laboratory.

A certificate from a UAE Government designated laboratory (where specified) in the country is also acceptable. Certificates cannot be issued more than 96 hours prior to commencing travel.

The gateways include: DFW, IAH, LAX, SFO, FLL and MCO, also all passengers originating in California, Florida and Texas and connecting onto an Emirates flight to DXB.


You can fly from the U.S. to:


Bengaluru (Bangalore)




Kochi (Cochin)

Mumbai (Bombay)

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Recent updates:

Travel to India: Travel will only be permitted for Indian Nationals originating from the UAE.

Travel from India: Flights to Dubai will be restricted only to UAE residents with GDRFA/ ICA approval.

Passengers are required to take a PCR test, conducted not more than 96 hours before departure.

The UAE will accept Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) laboratory results from any lab authorized by the government of India.

PCR test and certificate cost is to be borne by passengers. Passengers are required to carry a COVID-19 negative test result of the PCR test when travelling. Verification of the PCR test certificate will be managed by the airport team as part of documentation checks at the time of flight departure.


You can fly from the U.S. to:




Recent updates:

Emirates began offering flights for travelers to Sialkot on June 24

Emirates’ flights from Pakistan, will only carry outbound passengers to the UAE and onward destinations.

Passengers traveling from Pakistan to Dubai and beyond on Emirates will only be accepted on the flight upon presenting a negative COVID 19 PCR test result certificate at the time of check-in. This is mandatory regardless of local entry requirements at the passenger’s destination. The PCR test must be taken up to 4 days prior to the travel date (96 hrs maximum) and must be conducted at the Emirates authorized Health Centre below at the passenger’s expense.

Sri Lanka

You can fly from the U.S. to:


Recent updates:

Emirates began offering scheduled flights to Colombo on June 20,

Emirates’ flights from Sri Lanka will only carry outbound passengers to the UAE and onward destinations.


You can fly from the U.S. to:


Recent updates:

Emirates began offering flights to Dhaka on June 24

Flights to Dhaka will be operated with an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER aircraft

Passengers must submit a health card to the Health Authorities in the arrival hall.

Read through the guideline for all arriving passengers on the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh portal.

Bangladeshi nationals or Bangladeshi origin foreign passport holders with a ‘No visa require for Bangladesh’ stamp or sticker in their passport must carry a negative COVID-19 certificate or COVID-19 Symptom free certificate in English issued within 72 hours of travel. Without this certificate there will be a mandatory 14-day quarantine in a government-approved quarantine centre.

All foreign passport holders must have BD visa on their passports to enter Bangladesh. All foreign nationals with a valid visa for Bangladesh must have a negative COVID-19 certificate issued within 72 hours of travel. Visa on arrival is currently restricted and only allowed for foreign investors with the necessary documentation and a negative COVID-19 certificate issued within 72 hours of travel.

Additional Information on Health, Safety and Travel Restrictions:

Health and safety first: Emirates has implemented a comprehensive set of measures at every step of the customer journey to ensure the safety of its customers and employees on the ground and in the air, including the distribution of complimentary hygiene kits containing masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes to all customers. For more information on these measures and the services available on each flight, visit: www.emirates.com/yoursafety

Travel restrictions: Customers are reminded that travel restrictions remain in place, and travelers will only be accepted on flights if they comply with the eligibility and entry criteria requirements of their destination countries. Visit: www.emirates.com/wherewefly. Visitors to Dubai should hold an international health insurance policy covering illness from Covid-19 for the duration of their stay. More information on entry requirements for international visitors to Dubai can be found here.

UAE citizens and residents: Residents returning to Dubai can check the latest requirements at: www.emirates.com/returntoDubai



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