Thursday, August 20, 2020

Airlines update pre-travel testing regulations from Dubai to India

Dubai: Two major airlines have updated their pre-travel Covid-19 testing requirements for travellers from Dubai to India, Khaleej Times can reveal.

UAE's budget carrier flydubai and India's Air India Express announced the changes on Wednesday. The Indian budget carrier has said all passengers departing from Dubai must carry a Covid-19 negative PCR test result.

Flydubai announced that the pre-travel rapid IgG/ IgM testing is 'not mandatory' for travellers to any destination in India. The decision is effective immediately. A circular was issued in this regard to flydubai's travel partners.

Following the Dubai Airports' announcement to change the rapid testing venue from the airport's departure terminal to the Shabab Al Ahli Football Club on Sunday, long queues had formed outside the club.

The free testing service was offered all passengers departing from the Dubai Airports and was predominantly used by passengers on repatriation flights to India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

In a statement to Khaleej Times, flydubai said: "Our advice to passengers travelling is that they need to be aware of and follow all regulations issued by the relevant authorities in the country they are departing from and arriving in."
20/08/20 Dhanusha Gokulan/Khaleej Times
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