Wednesday, July 07, 2021

146 flyers leave for UAE after taking Rapid PCR test at Cochin International Airport limited

Kochi: With international departures commencing operations from Cochin International Airport Limited (Cial) on Monday, 146 passengers left for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after undergoing the mandatory Rapid PCR test.

It is the first time during the second wave of the pandemic that such a large number of passengers have flown out on a single flight. The UAE government gave special permission to 146 passengers who travelled to Abu Dhabi by an Etihad flight (EY247) that departed at 8.15am. Though the ban on international air travel is effective till July 31 due to the outbreak of the second wave of the pandemic, a special arrangement has been made between India and certain countries, permitting passengers to fly to some international sectors through the Air bubble operations.

The Rapid PCR testing facility established by CIAL at its international terminal is a great help for passengers travelling to UAE. The Dubai Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management amended the travel protocol for Indian passengers in its June 19 circular, permitting them to arrive UAE with the compliance of rules, including a mandatory Rapid PCR negative certificate taken 4 hours before the departure.

07/07/21 Times of India

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