Monday, July 12, 2021

India-UAE flights: All 4 airports in Kerala set up rapid PCR testing facilities

All four international airports in Kerala have installed rapid polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing facilities within their premises to cater to UAE bound passengers, officials and service providers confirmed to Khaleej Times.

In Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, and Kozhikode, international airports have already set up the infrastructure and hired the workforce to conduct rapid PCR tests on UAE bound passengers.

Furthermore, officials at Kannur International Airport have said they are in the final stages of the process and are ready to cater to any passenger traffic as and when scheduled flights resume between both countries. Service providers have said the tests are expected to cost a maximum of 2,500 rupees (Dh 123).

Authorities set up the rapid testing facilities in Kerala’s airports after Dubai’s Supreme Committee for Crisis and Disaster Management said all inbound passengers must have a mandatory negative Covid-19 test valid four hours before departure.

The Dubai Media Office issued the advisory on June 19. However, the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) or the National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) issued no official statements on when the inbound passenger suspension would end.

12/07/21 Dhanusha Gokulan/Khaleej Times

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