Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Air India Express offers home Covid-19 tests for Dh190

Dubai: Passengers flying from the UAE to India may now get their Covid-19 (RT-PCR) tests done at home for Dh190, budget carrier Air India Express (AIE) has announced.
Those who don't require home services could get tested for Dh150, with the airline's new partnership with NMC Healthcare, the AIE said in its latest blog post. Testing is facilitated in various NMC clinics and hospitals across the UAE, including 11 centres in Abu Dhabi, four in Dubai, eight in Sharjah, and one in Ras Al Khaimah.
Though it is not mandatory for India-bound passengers to get a negative RT-PCR test result, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in India has said "it is highly recommended".
Officials at the Consulate-General of India in Dubai, however, have confirmed that all travellers to West Bengal and Tamil Nadu must produce a negative result from an RT-PCR test taken not more than 96 hours before their departure. The AIE said: "It is now mandatory for all international passengers entering the state under the Vande Bharat and Air Bubble schemes."
India has established air transport bubbles with Afghanistan, Canada, France, Germany, Maldives, the UAE, the UK, and the US. The MHA has said the air bubble between India and the UAE will be valid until October 31, and Indian and UAE carriers are permitted to operate flights between both nations.
08/09/20 Dhanusha Gokulan/Khaleej Times
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