Dubai mandates both pre-departure & on arrival Covid tests for flyers from India, other countries

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NEW DELHI: Travellers from India and many other countries will need to undertake Covid test twice while going to Dubai. While till now they required a negative report from a RT-PCR test done within 96 hours before flying there, Dubai has added a test on arrival for them. It has also expanded the list of labs in India whose Covid tests will not be accepted and airlines are not supposed board Dubai-bound passengers with reports from these labs.
Website of Dubai-based airline Emirates gives the entry rules apply for passengers travelling from countries like India, United States (California, Florida & Texas), Argentina, Bangladesh, Czech Republic, Hungary, Israel, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia and several others.
“UAE residents must take two COVID‑19 PCR tests: one before departure with a validity of 96 hours from the date of the test, and a second test upon arrival in Dubai. Tourists must take two COVID‑19 PCR tests: One before departure with a validity of 96 hours from the date of the test, and a second test upon arrival in Dubai.”
There are separate entry rules, that require one Covid test, for visitors from countries like Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, New Zealand and Switzerland.
“UAE residents have the option to present a negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate that is valid for 96 hours from the date of the test before departure or take the COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival in Dubai. Tourists must present a negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate that is valid for 96 hours from the date of the test before departure ‑ except for passengers coming from the UK and Germany who have the option to take a COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival in Dubai,” the Emirates website says.
Transiting passengers from these countries are not required to present a COVID‑19 PCR test certificate unless it is mandated by their final destination.
Meanwhile, Dubai civil aviation authorities have now increased the number of labs in India from four names earlier to seven now whose test reports will not be considered valid for travel, meaning passenger with negative reports from these labs are not supposed to be accepted for Dubai-bound flights.
Sources say the earlier Covid test requirement was of 96 hours before departure. “There were some cases where a person who had a negative report was found to be positive in random testing on arrival in Dubai. While that is something that can genuinely happen as there is lot of time in which a person who was actually Covid negative and got the flu after that and hence tested positive on arrival. However, these instances may have been disproportionately high with some labs and possibly that is why Dubai decided not to recognise their test reports,” said a person in the know.

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