Zeal to Travel Dubai : Ray of Hope for Indian Travellers


Positive news for passengers travelling from India to Dubai, as a new set of guidelines are issued by Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA). Passengers will no longer have to undergo a Covid RT-PCR test at the departure airports.

Daniel D’souza, President & Country Head, SOTC Travel

The welcoming news on the waiver of the pre-departure PCR test for fully vaccinated Indian travellers on the back of scrapping of the seven-day home quarantine comes is a positive move for the industry. Dubai is one of the leading favourite short-haul destinations for customers across segments and this waiver makes travelling a more hassle-free experience. This news comes at an opportune time right before Ramadan and with Expo 2020 Dubai being in its last month, it is the perfect time to plan their mini-cations instead of waiting until spring/summer breaks.

Leveraging on the opportunity, our value proposition deals including Buy One Get One – Companion Free, flexibility of zero cancellation charges and easy & free rescheduling are generating strong interest from customers thus reiterating significant travel desire.

Mr. Indiver Rastogi- President & Group Head – Global Business Travel – Thomas Cook (India) & SOTC

The positive news from Dubai on the waiver of the pre-departure PCR test for fully vaccinated Indian travellers, on the back of doing away with the seven-day home quarantine, comes as a great relief and is welcomed by the travel industry. Passengers travelling to Dubai now merely need to submit a Covid negative test report 48 hours before departure, and undergo a free PCR tests upon arrival in Dubai saving them additional incurred expenses and time. 

This welcome news has generated a surge in enquires for Dubai, especially from our business travellers. We are positive of a sharp uptick of passenger movement given the ease in travel guidelines and the immediate opportunity to travel. 

Additionally, we anticipate a further rise in demand for Dubai for the upcoming extended weekends. Being a short flight away from home, easy availability of visas and affordable air fares make Dubai one of the leading preferences for Indian travellers.