GEN 1.2 Entry, transit and departure of aircraft

1.2.1 General

1.2.1.1 The requirements for entry and departure of aircraft engaged in international flights, and the standard procedure for clearance of these aircraft at all international airports, are given for the information and guidance of operators conducting international flights.
1.2.1.2 Clearances issued by EMIRATES ACC / FIC are based on ATC considerations and do not absolve operators from compliance with UAE facilitation regulations.
1.2.1.3 All flights into, from or over the territory of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Fujairah and Sharjah and landings in such territory shall be carried out in accordance with the valid regulations of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Fujairah and Sharjah regarding Civil Aviation. Contact the relevant Designated Authority listed in GEN 1.1
1.2.1.4 Aircraft registered in ICAO states and operated by an airline of any contracting state may overfly, or make non - traffic stops in the territory of Ras Al Khaimah without prior permission.
1.2.1.5 Aircraft landing in or departing from the territory of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah must first land at or finally depart from an international airport.
1.2.1.6 Conditions of navigation in EMIRATES FIR for civil flights
1.2.1.6.1 Subject to the observance of the applicable rules, conditions, payment of en - route navigation charges and limitations set forth in this document and in legislation described below, foreign civil aircraft registered in any foreign country which at the time is a member of the International Civl Aviation Organisation may be navigated in the EMIRATES FIR. There is no requirement to request overflying permission for such aircraft, provided the above conditions are fulfilled.
1.2.1.6.2 The United Arab Emirates is a signatory to the International Air Transport Agreement, hence, the general exemptions detailed in GEN 1.2.1.6.1 shall also apply in case of overflights and non traffic stops by scheduled international air services operated by companies domiciled and registered in any foreign country which at the time is a member of the International Civil Aviation Organisation i. e. the first two freedoms of the air are applicable.
1.2.1.6.3 Aircraft registered in non ICAO states must obtain permission for overflight. Contact GCAA Foreign Operator Affairs for additional guidance about the process: foa@gcaa.gov.ae.
1.2.1.7 Foreign Operators Registration
1.2.1.7.1 With reference to CAR PART IV, Foreign Operator Registration is mandatory for Foreign Operators involved in Commercial Air Transport taking passenger or cargo from / to UAE airports.
1.2.1.7.2 Technical stops, state and private flights are excluded.
1.2.1.7.3 On successful registration each operator will be assigned a unique number prefixed with "GCAP" e.g. GCAPXYZ0117. This registration number shall be included in Item 18 of the flight plan under the designator RMK /.
1.2.1.7.4 Registration is valid for two year. The operator is responsible to apply for renewal latest one month, before the expiry of registration.
1.2.1.7.5 The GCAP registration number to be entered in field 18 of the flight plan should be the number given to the AOC holder of the aircraft regardless of the airline flight number.
1.2.1.7.6 In case of chartered or wet‐leased aircraft, the GCAP registration number of the aircraft AOC holder for that particular flight shall be entered in field 18 of the flight plan. In such situations the flight number will reflect the identifier of the airline who has chartered or wet‐leased the aircraft whereas the GCAP registration number in field 18 of the flight plan will reflect the number of the AOC holder of the aircraft being flown.
1.2.1.7.7 Operators with more than 300 flights in the previous year to and from airports located in the EMIRATES FIR may be exempted by Foreign Operators Affairs from filling GCAP registration number in Item 18 of the flight plan under the designator RMK /. Request for exemption should be sent by email to: gcap@gcaa.gov.ae
1.2.1.7.8 For queries or any additional information regarding registration, please contact: gcap@gcaa.gov.ae
1.2.1.7.9 A landing permission or any other equivalent approval granted by the Airport or the Airport Authority of an Emirate, does not mean that the aircraft meets the federal safety requirements for operations within EMIRATES FIR. In accordance with CAR PART IV Foreign Operators Regualtion, all foreign operators operating flights (technical stops, state and private flights are excluded as identified in GEN 1.2.1.7.2),must register with the UAE GCAA, and have a valid Foreign Operator Registration (FOR) code. Additionally, foreign operators shall also adhere with all other applicable requirements mentioned in CAR PART IV and within this AIP.

1.2.2 Scheduled flights

1.2.2.1 Scheduled flights in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi
1.2.2.1.1 General
  1. Traffic stops in the territory of Abu Dhabi

    For international scheduled flights into Abu Dhabi to be operated by foreign airlines, the airline must have been designated pursuant to a bilateral or multi lateral agreement to which the government of the United Arab Emirates and the state in which the airline is registered, are parties.

  2. Non - traffic operations over / into Abu Dhabi by aircraft of ICAO states

    Aircraft registered in ICAO states and operated by an airline of any contracting state may overfly, or make non-traffic stops in the territory of Abu Dhabi without permission, but due to limited availability of aircraft stands, commercial flights can only use ABU DHABI / INTERNATIONAL (OMAA), as a second alternate aerodrome from 0500 UTC to 1400 UTC.

  3. Non - traffic operations over / into Abu Dhabi by aircraft of non ICAO states

    An airline registered in a state which is not a signatory to the Chicago Convention, requiring to overfly, or make non-traffic stops in the territory of Abu Dhabi must hold a valid operating permit issued by the government of the United Arab Emirates.

1.2.2.1.2 Documentary requirements for clearance of aircraft
1.2.2.1.2.1 It is necessary that the undermentioned aircraft documents be submitted by airline operators for clearance on entry and departure of their aircraft to and from Abu Dhabi. One copy of the General Declaration must be signed by the pilot-in-command, or an authorised agent. All documents listed below must follow the ICAO standard format as set forth in the relevant appendices to Annex 9, to be furnished in English, and completed in legible handwriting. No visas are required in connection with such documents.
1.2.2.1.2.2 Aircraft Documents Required (ARR / DEP)
Required byGeneral declarationPassenger manifestCargo manifest
ImmigrationNILNILNIL
Health1NILNIL
CustomsNILNIL1
Total1NIL1
1.2.2.2 Scheduled flights in the Emirate of Dubai
1.2.2.2.1 General
1.2.2.2.1.1 Traffic stops in the territory of Dubai

For international scheduled flights into Dubai the airline shall either:

  1. Have obtained written confirmation from the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Dubai.

    or,

  2. Been designated pursuant to a bilateral or multilateral agreement signed by the responsible Government department of the United Arab Emirates and the State in which the aircraft is registered.

1.2.2.2.1.2 Non-traffic operations into Dubai by aircraft of ICAO states

Aircraft registered in ICAO states and operated by an airline of any contracting state may overfly, or make non-traffic stops in the territory of Dubai without prior permission.

1.2.2.2.1.3 Non-traffic operations into Dubai by aircraft of non-ICAO states

An airline registered in a state which is not a signatory to the Chicago Convention, requiring to overfly, or make non-traffic stops in the territory of Dubai must hold a valid operating permit issued by the government of the United Arab Emirates.

1.2.2.2.2 Documentary requirements for clearance of aircraft
1.2.2.2.2.1 It is necessary that the undermentioned aircraft documents be submitted by airline operators for clearance on entry and departure of their aircraft to and from Dubai. One copy of the general declaration must be signed by the pilot-in-command, or an authorised agent. All documents listed below must follow the ICAO standard format as set forth in the relevant appendices to Annex 9, to be furnished in English and completed in legible handwriting. No visas are required in connection with such documents.
1.2.2.2.2.2 Aircraft Documents Required (ARR / DEP)
Required byGeneral declarationPassenger manifestCargo manifest
Immigration111
HealthNILNILNIL
Customs211
Total322
1.2.2.3 Scheduled flights in the Emirate of Fujairah
1.2.2.3.1 General
1.2.2.3.1.1 Traffic stops in the territory of Fujairah

For international scheduled flights into Fujairah to be operated by foreign airlines, the airline must have been designated pursuant to a bilateral or multilateral agreement to which the government of the United Arab Emirates and the state in which the airline is registered, are parties.

1.2.2.3.1.2 Non-traffic operations into Fujairah by aircraft of ICAO states

Aircraft registered in ICAO states and operated by an airline of any contracting state may overfly, or make non-traffic stops in the territory of Fujairah without prior permission.

1.2.2.3.1.3 Non-traffic operations into Fujairah by aircraft of non-ICAO states

An airline registered in a state which is not signatory to the Chicago Convention, requiring to overfly, or make non-traffic stops in the territory of Fujairah must hold a valid operating permit issued by the government of the United Arab Emirates.

1.2.2.3.2 Documentary requirements for clearance of aircraft
1.2.2.3.2.1 It is necessary that the undermentioned aircraft documents be submitted by airline operators for clearance on entry and departure of their aircraft to and from Fujairah. One copy of the general declaration must be signed by the pilot-in-command. All documents listed below must follow the ICAO standard format as set forth in the relevant appendices to Annex 9, to be furnished in English and completed in legible handwriting. No visas are required with such documents.
1.2.2.3.2.2 Aircraft Documents Required (ARR / DEP)
Required byGeneral declarationPassenger manifestCargo manifest
Immigration111
HealthNILNILNIL
Customs211
Total322

Note:

  1. One copy of the general declaration is endorsed and returned by customs signifying clearance.

  2. If no passengers are embarking / disembarking, and no articles are loaded / unloaded, no aircraft documents except copies of the general declaration need to be submitted to the above authorities.

1.2.2.4 Scheduled flights in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah
1.2.2.4.1 General
1.2.2.4.1.1 Traffic stops in the territory of Ras Al Khaimah

For international scheduled flights into Ras Al Khaimah to be operated by foreign airlines, the airline must have been designated pursuant to a bilateral or multilateral agreement to which the government of the United Arab Emirates and the state in which the airline is registered, are parties.

1.2.2.4.1.2 Non-traffic operations into Ras Al Khaimah by aircraft of ICAO states

Aircraft registered in ICAO states and operated by an airline of any contracting state may overfly, or make non-traffic stops in the territory of Ras Al Khaimah without prior permission.

1.2.2.4.1.3 Non-traffic operations into Ras Al Khaimah by aircraft of non-ICAO states

Aircraft registered in a state which is not a signatory to the Chicago Convention, requiring to overfly, or make non-traffic stops in the territory of Ras Al Khaimah must hold a valid permit issued by the government of the United Arab Emirates.

1.2.2.4.2 Documentary requirements for clearance of aircraft
1.2.2.4.2.1 It is necessary that the undermentioned aircraft documents be submitted by airline operators for clearance on entry and departure of their aircraft to and from Ras Al Khaimah. One copy of the general declaration must be signed by the pilot-in-command. All documents listed below must follow the ICAO standard format as set forth in the relevant appendices to Annex 9, to be furnished in English and completed in legible handwriting. No visas are required in connection with such documents.
1.2.2.4.2.2 Aircraft Documents Required (ARR / DEP)
Required byGeneral declarationPassenger manifestCargo manifest
Immigration11NIL
Health1NILNIL
Customs111
Total321

Note:

  1. One copy of the general declaration is endorsed and returned by customs signifying clearance.

  2. If no passengers are embarking / disembarking, and no articles are loaded / unloaded, no aircraft documents except copies of the general declaration need to be submitted to the above authorities.

1.2.2.5 Scheduled flights in the Emirate of Sharjah
1.2.2.5.1 General
1.2.2.5.1.1 Traffic stops in the territory of Sharjah

For regular international scheduled flights into Sharjah operated by foreign airlines, the airline must have been designated pursuant to a bilateral or multilateral agreement signed between the United Arab Emirates and the state in which the airline is registered, are parties.

The airline must have a permit to operate into Sharjah. Application for such permits shall be submitted to:

Post:The Director General of Civil Aviation
P.O.Box 8
Sharjah
United Arab Emirates
SITA:SHJCDXH / SHJOPXH
Email:dca.services@dca.shj.ae
landing@sharjahaviation.com
1.2.2.5.1.2 Non-traffic operations into Sharjah by aircraft of ICAO states

As for traffic stops in the territory of Sharjah.

1.2.2.5.1.3 Non-traffic operations into Sharjah by aircraft of non-ICAO states

As for traffic stops in the territory of Sharjah.

1.2.2.5.2 Documentary requirements for clearance of aircraft
1.2.2.5.2.1 It is necessary that the undermentioned aircraft documents be submitted by airline operators for clearance on entry and departure of their aircraft to and from Sharjah. One copy of the general declaration must be signed by the pilot-in-command. All documents listed below must follow the ICAO standard format as set forth in the relevant appendices to Annex 9, to be furnished in English, and completed in legible handwriting. No visas are required in connection with such documents.
1.2.2.5.2.2 Aircraft Documents Required (ARR / DEP)
Required byGeneral declarationPassenger manifestCargo manifest
Immigration11NIL
Health111
Customs111
Total332
Note: If no passengers are embarking / disembarking, and no articles are loaded / unloaded, no documents except copies of the general declaration need to be submitted to the above authorities.

1.2.3 Non - Scheduled flights

1.2.3.1 Non-Scheduled flights in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi
1.2.3.1.1 Procedures
1.2.3.1.1.1 Traffic stops in the territory of Abu Dhabi

Operators intending to carry out non-scheduled flights into the territory of Abu Dhabi for the purpose of taking on or discharging passengers, cargo or mail, shall apply to:

Post:Airport Management
address indicated in GEN 1.1.1.1

For more information regarding requests for landing permission at Abu Dhabi and Al Bateen Airports contact Traffic Officer:

Tel:+971 2 575 7363
Fax:+971 2 575 7205
Email:trafficofficer@adac.ae
AFS:OMAAYAYX

For Al Ain Airport contact Duty Manager:

Tel:+971 3 709 2611
Tel:+971 50 139 9115 (Mobile)
Fax:+971 3 785 5011
Email:aaiaoperations@adac.ae

For permission to carry out such operations, operators should give at least two clear working days notice before the intended date of arrival or departure. The application must be accompanied by an international prepaid reply coupon and must include the following information in the order shown hereunder:

  1. name of the operator;

  2. type of aircraft and registration marks;

  3. date and time of the intended arrival at and departure from Abu Dhabi;

  4. duration of stay in Abu Dhabi;

  5. place or places of embarkation and/or disembarkation abroad as the case may be, of passengers and/or freight;

  6. purpose of the flight and number of passengers and/or nature and the amount of freight;

  7. name, address and business of the charterer, if any.

1.2.3.1.2 Non-traffic operations over/into Abu Dhabi by aircraft of ICAO states

If such an operator intends to carry out a non-scheduled flight in transit across, or is making non-traffic stops in the territory of Abu Dhabi, he may do so without the necessity of obtaining prior permission.

Operators intending to land at Abu Dhabi must include the intended duration of stay in item 18 of the standard ICAO flight plan.

1.2.3.1.3 Non-traffic operations over/into Abu Dhabi by aircraft of non-ICAO states.

Aircraft registered in states which are not signatories to the ICAO Convention must obtain permission for over-flying or landing in the territory of Abu Dhabi. Application should be made in accordance with GEN 1.2.3.1.1.1.

1.2.3.1.4 Documentary requirements for clearance of aircraft are the same as for scheduled flights.
1.2.3.2 Non-Scheduled flights in the Emirate of Dubai
1.2.3.2.1 Procedures
1.2.3.2.1.1 Traffic stops in the territory of Dubai

Operators intending to carry out non-scheduled flights into the territory of Dubai for the purpose of taking on or discharging passengers, cargo or mail, shall apply to:

Post:DIRECTOR GENERAL
Dubai Civil Aviation Authority
P.O. BOX 49888
DUBAI
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Tel:+971 4 777 0000 / +971 4 777 0440
Email:dcaa@dcaa.gov.ae / air.transport@dcaa.gov.ae
URL:www.dcaa.gov.ae

For permission to carry out such operations, operators should give at least two clear working days notice before the intended date of arrival or departure. The application must include the following information in the order shown hereunder:

  1. name of the operator;

  2. type of aircraft and registration marks;

  3. date and time of the intended arrival at and departure from Dubai;

  4. duration of stay in Dubai;

  5. place or places of embarkation and/or disembarkation abroad as the case may be, of passengers and/or freight;

  6. purpose of the flight and number of passengers and/or nature and the amount of freight;

  7. name, address and business of the charterer, if any.

1.2.3.2.1.2 Non-traffic operations into Dubai by aircraft of ICAO states

If an operator intends to carry out a non-scheduled flight in transit across, or is making non-traffic stops in the territory of Dubai, he may do so without the necessity of obtaining prior permission.

1.2.3.2.1.3 Non-traffic operations into Dubai by aircraft of non-ICAO states.

Aircraft registered in states which are not signatories to the ICAO Convention must obtain permission for over-flying or landing in the territory of Dubai. Application should be made in accordance with GEN 1.2.3.2.1.1.

1.2.3.2.1.4 Documentary requirements for clearance of aircraft are the same as for scheduled flights.
1.2.3.3 Non - Scheduled flights in the Emirate of Fujairah
1.2.3.3.1 Procedures
1.2.3.3.1.1 Traffic stops in the territory of Fujairah

Operators intending to carry out non-scheduled flights into the territory of Fujairah for the purpose of taking on or discharging passengers, cargo or mail, shall apply to:

Post:The Chairman
Department of Civil Aviation
P.O.Box 977
Fujairah
United Arab Emirates

For permission to carry out such operations, operators should give at least two clear working days notice before the intended date of arrival or departure. The application must include the following information in the order shown hereunder:

  1. name of the operator;

  2. type of aircraft and registration marks;

  3. date and time of the intended arrival at and departure from Fujairah;

  4. duration of stay in Fujairah;

  5. place or places of embarkation and/or disembarkation abroad as the case may be, of passengers and/or freight;

  6. purpose of the flight and number of passengers and/or nature and the amount of freight;

  7. name, address and business of the charterer, if any.

1.2.3.3.1.2 Non-traffic operations into Fujairah by aircraft of ICAO states

No prior permission is required. The information contained in the filed flight plan is accepted as adequate information of intended operation.

1.2.3.3.1.3 Non-traffic operations into Fujairah by aircraft of non-ICAO states

Aircraft registered in states which are not signatories to the ICAO Convention must obtain permission for transit across or landing in the territory of Fujairah. Applications should be made in accordance with GEN 1.2.3.3.1.1.

1.2.3.3.2 Documentary requirements for clearance of aircraft.

Same as for scheduled flights.

1.2.3.4 Non-Scheduled flights in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah
1.2.3.4.1 Procedures
1.2.3.4.1.1 Traffic stops in the territory of Ras Al Khaimah

Operators intending to carry out non - scheduled flights into the territory of Ras Al Khaimah for the purpose of taking on or discharging passengers, cargo or mail, shall apply to:

Post:The Chairman
Department of Civil Aviation
P.O.Box 501
Ras Al Khaimah
United Arab Emirates

For permission to carry out such operations, operators should give at least two clear working days notice before the intended date of arrival or departure. The application must include the following information in the order shown hereunder:

  1. name of the operator;

  2. type of aircraft and registration marks;

  3. date and time of the intended arrival at and departure from Ras Al Khaimah;

  4. duration of stay in Ras Al Khaimah;

  5. place or places of embarkation and/or disembarkation abroad as the case may be, of passengers and/or freight;

  6. purpose of the flight and number of passengers and/or nature and the amount of freight;

  7. name, address and business of the charterer, if any.

1.2.3.4.2 Non-traffic operations into Ras Al Khaimah by aircraft of ICAO states

No prior permission is required. The information contained in the filed flight plan is accepted as adequate information of the intended flight.

1.2.3.4.3 Non-traffic operations into Ras Al Khaimah by aircraft of non-ICAO states.

Aircraft registered in states which are not signatories to the ICAO Convention must obtain permission for overflight or landing in the territory of Ras Al Khaimah. Applications should be made in accordance with GEN 1.2.3.4.1.1.

1.2.3.4.4 Documentary requirements for clearance of aircraft.

Same as for scheduled flights.

1.2.3.5 Non-Scheduled flights in the Emirate of Sharjah
1.2.3.5.1 Procedures
1.2.3.5.1.1 Traffic stops in the territory of Sharjah

An operator, except Business Aviation operators, intending to carry out non-scheduled flights into the territory of Sharjah for the purpose of taking on or discharging passengers, cargo or mail, shall apply to contact details in GEN 1.2.2.5.1.1:

Business Aviation operators should follow the same procedures as for Private Flights detailed in GEN 1.2.4.5

For permission to carry out such operations, operators should give at least two clear working days notice before the intended date of arrival or departure. The application shall include the following information in the order shown hereunder:

  1. name of the operator;

  2. type of aircraft and registration marks;

  3. date and time of the intended arrival at and departure from Sharjah;

  4. duration of stay in Sharjah;

  5. place or places of embarkation and/or disembarkation abroad as the case may be, of passengers and/or freight;

  6. purpose of the flight and number of passengers and/or nature and the amount of freight;

  7. name, address and business of the charterer, if any.

1.2.3.5.1.2 Non-traffic operations into Sharjah by aircraft of ICAO states

Aircraft registered in states which are signatories to the ICAO Convention shall obtain permission for landing in the territory of Sharjah. Applications should be made in accordance with GEN 1.2.3.5.1.1.

1.2.3.5.1.3 Non-traffic operations into Sharjah by aircraft of non-ICAO states.

Aircraft registered in states which are not signatories to the ICAO Convention shall obtain permission for landing in the territory of Sharjah. Applications should be made in accordance with GEN 1.2.3.5.1.1.

1.2.3.5.2 Documentary requirements for clearance of aircraft

Same as for scheduled flights.

1.2.4 Private flights

1.2.4.1 Private flights in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi
1.2.4.1.1 Procedures
1.2.4.1.1.1 Aircraft registered in ICAO states

The information contained in the flight plan is accepted as adequate advance information of the arrival of incoming aircraft. Such information must be transmitted so that it will be received by the authorities concerned at least two hours in advance of the arrival. The landing must be carried out at a previously designated airport.

Operators are required to advise the intended duration of stay in Abu Dhabi in item 18 of the standard ICAO flight plan.

1.2.4.1.1.2 Aircraft registered in non-ICAO states

Same as non-scheduled flights.

1.2.4.1.2 Documentary requirements for clearance of aircraft are the same as for scheduled flights.
1.2.4.2 Private flights in the Emirate of Dubai
1.2.4.2.1 Procedures
1.2.4.2.1.1 Aircraft registered in ICAO states

The information contained in the flight plan is accepted as adequate advance information of the arrival of incoming aircraft. Such information must be transmitted so that it will be received by the public authorities concerned at least twenty four hours in advance of the arrival. The landing must be carried out at a previously designated international airport.

Operators are required to advise the intended duration of stay in Dubai in item 18 of the standard ICAO flight plan.

1.2.4.2.1.2 Aircraft registered in non-ICAO states

Same as non-scheduled flights.

1.2.4.2.2 Documentary requirements for clearance of aircraft are the same as for scheduled flights.
1.2.4.3 Private flights in the Emirate of Fujairah
1.2.4.3.1 Procedures
1.2.4.3.1.1 Aircraft registered in ICAO states

Same as for unscheduled non-traffic operations.

1.2.4.3.1.2 Aircraft registered in non-ICAO states

Same as for unscheduled non-traffic operations.

1.2.4.3.2 Documentary requirements for clearance of aircraft is the same as for scheduled flights.
1.2.4.4 Private flights in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah
1.2.4.4.1 Procedures
1.2.4.4.1.1 Aircraft registered in ICAO states

Same as for unscheduled non-traffic operations.

1.2.4.4.1.2 Aircraft registered in non-ICAO states

Same as for unscheduled non-traffic operations.

1.2.4.4.2 Documentary requirements for clearance of aircraft is the same as for scheduled flights.
1.2.4.5 Private flights in the Emirate of Sharjah
1.2.4.5.1 Procedures
1.2.4.5.1.1 Aircraft registered in ICAO states

An operator intending to carry out traffic or non‐traffic private or business aviation flights into the territory of Sharjah shall apply to contact details in GEN 1.2.2.5.1.1

For permission to carry out such operations, the application shall include the following information in the order shown hereunder:

  1. name of the operator;

  2. flight number in/out if different to registration;

  3. type of aircraft and registration marks;

  4. date and time of the intended arrival at and departure from Sharjah;

  5. duration of stay in Sharjah;

  6. place or places of embarkation and/or disembarkation abroad as the case may be, of passengers and/or freight;

  7. purpose of the flight and number of passengers and/or nature and the amount of freight;

Valid copies of the following documents are to be submitted with the application:

  1. Registration Certificate.

  2. Airworthiness Certificate.

  3. Certificate of Insurance: Hull, Third Party Cargo and Passenger.

Permission can be expected to be issued within three hours from receipt of complete application.

1.2.4.5.1.2 Aircraft registered in non-ICAO states

Aircraft registered in states which are not signatories to the ICAO convention shall obtain permission for landing in the territory of Sharjah. Applications should be made in accordance with GEN 1.2.3.5.1

1.2.5 Demonstration Flights

1.2.5.1 With reference to CAR PART IV, no foreign operator shall conduct a demonstration flight within the EMIRATES FIR unless it holds a No Objection Certificate issued by the GCAA.

Note 1: A demonstration flight is a flight conducted for the purpose of demonstrating an aircraft to a potential buyer.

Note 2: Applications can be found on GCAA Website: www.gcaa.gov.ae.

Note 3: Contact GCAA Foreign Operators Affairs Section for additional guidance about the process: foa@gcaa.gov.ae.

1.2.5.2 Temporary flight permits are issued for a maximum period of 30 days and do not entitle aircraft to be utilised for revenue purposes. The following conditions apply:
  1. The aircraft shall be registered with an ICAO contracting state requiring compliance with the standards established in ICAO annexes.

  2. The aircraft shall be operated by approved flight crew holding valid licences issued by the state of registry.

  3. The demonstration flight shall be sponsored by a Government agency or UAE company holding a valid trade licence issued by the Emirate where operations are to be conducted.

  4. The aircraft shall be properly insured against claims by passengers or third parties.

1.2.5.3 Applications for temporary flight permits shall be forwarded to reach the General Civil Aviation Authority a minimum of 10 days in advance of the proposed demonstration. The following documentation is required:
  1. A letter stating:

    1. the Emirate in which the aircraft is to be demonstrated,

    2. the name and address, including local contact number, of the demonstration team leader responsible for the operation of the aircraft,

    3. the name, address and telephone number of the owner / operator of the aircraft in the state of registry.

  2. Photocopies of the licences of flight crew requiring approval.

  3. A letter from the local sponsor indicating where the aircraft will be temporarily based and the requested dates of flight demonstration.

Note: Applications submitted by telefax should be directed to flight operations branch on + 971 4 2826 233.

1.2.6 Conditions concerning landings made elsewhere than at international airports

1.2.6.1 International flights shall enter / leave the UAE through international airports. If for any reason an international flight lands elsewhere than at an international airport the pilot-in-command shall report the landing as soon as possible to the health, customs and immigration authorities. This notification may be made through the radio channels, if this method of communication is available.
1.2.6.2 The pilot-in-command shall be responsible for ensuring that:
  1. Contact between the passengers / crew and local residents is avoided.

  2. Cargo, baggage and mail are not removed from the aircraft.

  3. Any foodstuffs of overseas origin, or any plant material, is not removed from the aircraft except where local food is unobtainable.

  4. All food refuse including peelings, cores and stones of fruits, etc; must be collected and returned to the galley refuse container, the contents of which should not be removed from the aircraft except for hygiene reasons, in which case they must be destroyed by burning or deep burial.

1.2.7 Air Safety Reports

1.2.7.1 The pilot-in-command of a flight declaring an emergency and/or requesting priority handling shall complete an Air Safety Report on arrival and forward it to the UAE GCAA by telefax. Correspondingly, the involved ATC unit is also required to, separately, report such occurrences to the GCAA.
1.2.7.2 With reference to CAR PART IV, all foreign operators shall immediately report to the GCAA any safety‐related occurrence qualified as reportable by its Overseeing Authority and which had happened within the EMIRATES FIR or the territory of UAE. A copy of the Occurrence Report should be forwarded to foa@gcaa.gov.ae.

Note: This is in addition to the requirements specified in Civil Aviation Regulations Part III Chapter 5.

1.2.8 Public health measures applied to aircraft

No public health measures are required to be carried out in respect of aircraft entering the United Arab Emirates.

1.2.9 Air ambulance flights

Operators of CASEVAC or MEDIVAC air ambulance aircraft are not required to give notice for a non-scheduled traffic stop provided that a standard ICAO flight plan is filed and the duration of stay and the intention to take on or discharge a medical case passenger or any intended movement of on-board medical personnel is mentioned in item 18 of the flight plan. In the Emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah it is the responsibility of the aircraft operator to ensure that all customs and immigration formalities are completed.

1.2.10 Conditions of navigation in EMIRATES FIR for Military, State, VIP Flights

1.2.10.1 All foreign military, state or state VIP aircraft intending to overfly UAE airspace or land at any UAE airfields have to obtain prior permission (Diplomatic Clearance) through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Requests must be received at least two weeks in advance except in cases of emergency where a minimum of 72 hours warning is required.
1.2.10.2 Applications for clearance should be made to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs UAE at the address shown below or through normal diplomatic channnels.
Post:Ministry of Foreign Affairs
P.O. Box 1
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Tel:+971 2 444 7199
Fax:+971 2 444 5488
Telex:22217 KARJIA EM
1.2.10.3 Application requests should include:
  1. aircraft type, registration and callsign,

  2. captain's name, details of crew and nationalities,

  3. purpose of flight,

  4. cargo and passenger details,

  5. whether or not armament and/or camera equipment is carried and details of dangerous cargo, if any,

  6. date, time and place of departure,

  7. altitude and aircraft speed,

  8. route,

  9. time and place of entry into EMIRATES FIR,

  10. ETA at landing airport in UAE,

  11. destination,

  12. in the case of overflight:

    1. date, time and point of entry into EMIRATES FIR,

    2. route,

    3. date, time and point of exit from EMIRATES FIR.

1.2.10.4 Application of conditions
  1. Requests not containing the above information will be disregarded.

  2. Foreign military aircraft shall not overfly or land in the UAE unless in possession of prior permission.

  3. Military aircraft entering EMIRATES FIR without prior permission are liable to be dealt with severely.

  4. Aircraft in possession of such permission shall adhere to the approved routes.

  5. In case of delays of more than 24 hours a new request is to be made.

1.2.11 Aerial Work

1.2.11.1 With reference to CAR PART IV, no foreign operator shall operate an aircraft for aerial work activities within the EMIRATES FIR unless it holds a No Objection Certificate issued by GCAA.

Note 1: Applications can be found on GCAA Website: www.gcaa.gov.ae.

Note 2: Contact GCAA Foreign Operators Affairs Section for additional guidance about the process: foa@gcaa.gov.ae.

Note 3: Aircraft operation is considered to be Aerial work if it is used for specialized services such as agriculture, construction, photography, surveying, observation and patrol, search and rescue, aerial advertisement etc.

For GCAA Security Approval:

Intelligence and Threat Assessment

Email:ita@gcaa.gov.ae
1.2.11.2 Aerial work authorization will be issued for a maximum of 30 days renewable (subject to GCAA approval).
1.2.11.3 Operators will not be authorized to utilise aircraft for revenue purposes unless they hold valid Air Operator Certificate (AOC) or an authorization for international commercial operations from the state of operator/registry.
1.2.11.4 For aircraft not involved in revenue flights an authorization from state of operator/registry permitting international Aerial Work Operations.
1.2.11.5 Application for aerial work operations shall be submitted to the GCAA on foa@gcaa.gov.ae 15 working days prior to the intended date of operation.
1.2.11.6 Aerial Work Operation activities are the following:
  • Aerial Survey
  • Aerial Photography
  • Aerial advertising (including Banner Towing)
  • Media Operations
  • External Load-Extractor
  • Agricultural Operations
  • Navigation aid calibration (Flight Calibration)
  • Sightseeing
  • Weather/Environmental Monitoring

Note: GCAA may request additional information to establish validity of applications and documents.

1.2.12 Permit to Flight – Foreign aircraft

1.2.12.1 With reference to CAR PART IV, no foreign operator shall operate an aircraft with a Permit to Fly or equivalent document within the EMIRATES FIR unless it holds a No Objection Certificate issued by GCAA.
1.2.12.2 Applications can be found on GCAA Website: www.gcaa.gov.ae.
1.2.12.3 Contact GCAA Foreign Operator Affairs Section for additional guidance about the process: foa@gcaa.gov.ae.

1.2.13 Test Flight – Foreign aircraft

1.2.13.1 With reference to CAR PART IV, no person or organisation shall conduct a test flight with a foreign registered aircraft within the EMIRATES FIR unless a No Objection Certificate has been issued by GCAA.
1.2.13.2 A flight is considered to be a test flight when conducted for the purpose of:
  1. Certification of aircraft or equipment installed on the aircraft
  2. Operating an aircraft beyond the limitations set by Aircraft Flight Manual or any other approved document
  3. Verification that the aircraft is airworthy and the scope of the flight is not defined in an approved document
1.2.13.3 A flight is not considered to be a test flight if the flight is:
  1. Conducted after a maintenance action,
  2. Required to issue a release to service and
  3. Defined in the Approved Maintenance Schedule or the scope of the flight has been approved by the Type Certificate Holder or the Overseeing Authority

Note 1: Applications can be found on GCAA Website: www.gcaa.gov.ae.

Note 2: Contact GCAA Foreign Operators Affairs Section for additional guidance about the process: foa@gcaa.gov.ae.

Note 3: Application for test flight shall be forwarded to reach the GCAA Foreign Operators Affairs on foa@gcaa.gov.ae a minimum of 10 working days in advance of the proposed test flight activity.

Note 4: ATC shall be notified about the intended test flight activity.

1.2.14 Aircraft Basing - Foreign Operator

1.2.14.1 With reference to CAR PART IV CAR-FOR and Safety Decision 2018-01, no foreign operator shall base an foreign registered aircraft in the territory of the UAE, unless it meets conditions described in CAR PART IV CAR-FOR and Safety Decision 2018-01.
1.2.14.2  The definition for basing can be found in CAR PART IV CAR-FOR.
1.2.14.3  Further Guidance can be found in Information Bulletin 2017-16.

Note 1: The latest revision of CAR PART IV, Safety Decision 2018-01 and Information Bulletin 2017-16 can be downloaded from GCAA Website: www.gcaa.gov.ae

Note 2: Applications can be found on GCAA Website: www.gcaa.gov.ae.

Note 3: Contact GCAA Foreign Operators Affairs Section for additional guidance, mailto: foa@gcaa.gov.ae.

1.2.15 Long Term Parked Aircraft

1.2.15.1 With reference to CAR PART IV, no foreign operator shall operate an aircraft parked in the territory of the UAE for a period of more than six consecutive months unless it holds a NOC issued by GCAA.

Note 1: Applications can be found on GCAA Website: www.gcaa.gov.ae.

Note 2: Contact GCAA Foreign Operators Affairs Section for additional guidance about the process: foa@gcaa.gov.ae.