UAE updates capacity and testing protocols for charter flights

Passengers must now register with the ICA before departure

The  National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) has updated the protocols for business charter flights.

The protocol dictating a cap on the number of passengers on business charter flights has been cancelled. Flights are now permitted to operate at full capacity.

In addition, residents and visitors are required to register their arrival by submitting the relevant details through the ICA (Federal Authority For Identity and Citizenship) website.

NCEMA’s official spokesperson, Dr Taher Al Ameri stated that passengers must present the official approval issued by the ICA and Customs and Ports Security along with proof of vaccination upon arrival.

Those arriving on charter flights must also present a negative PCR test with a QR code dated less than 48 hours prior to departure, as well as a negative Rapid PCR test, taken at the airport within six hours of departure.


Upon arriving in the UAE,  charter flight passengers are required to take another PCR test, with two more to be taken on the fourth and eight days following arrival. It was not made clear why chartered flight passengers are required to undertake more PCR testing than scheduled flight passengers arriving in the UAE.

The majority of fully vaccinated passengers arriving in the UAE via scheduled flights – with the exception of certain countries subject to further regulations – need only provide one negative PCR test result on arrival.

The information from NCEMA was shared via Twitter:

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