A health official monitors passengers at the Dubai Airport. File
In a latest travel advisory issued for Indian passengers flying to Dubai, the authorities have warned Indians not conduct a COVID-19 RT PCR test from seven laboratories in India.
It was also learned that some Indian passengers were stopped at the airport based on the COVID-19 test results.
Air India Express on its Twitter account issued the warning.
The airline said, “#FlyWithIX : Attention passengers traveling to Dubai!...”
It posted the list of labs.
It reads, “As per Dubai Civil Aviation Authorities, RT-PCR test done from the laboratories listed will not be accepted."
Recently, hundreds of Pakistanis and Indians were stranded at Dubai Airport due to lack of travel documents.
However, the consulates of the respective countries sorted the issue and helped them fly back home.
On the other hand, Hardeep Singh Puri, India’s Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs and Civil Aviation said on Twitter, “With international travel of more than 2.85 million people facilitated till now under Vande Bharat Mission and more than 15 million domestic travellers, India's civil aviation sector flies high.
“Phase-7 of VBM begins 29 Oct with more destinations, flights & bubble arrangements.”
Travel to Dubai for tourism was permitted from July 7, 2020 and the city is now welcoming tourists from around the world once again.
Guidelines for travel are as follows:
- All tourists must carry out a COVID-19 PCR test before arriving into DXB, no more than 96hrs before their scheduled flight departure time, at an officially recognised testing centre.
- The negative COVID-19 PCR test result must be presented in printed certificate format by the traveller on arrival to DXB. The certificate must be in English or Arabic only. No handwritten certificates will be permitted.
- Tourists with valid visa or visa on arrival do not require pre-approvals to travel to DXB.
- All tourists departing from DXB are advised to follow the requirements of their final destination, as some may require an additional negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate to be presented before leaving DXB.
- Children under the age of 12 and passengers with moderate to severe disabilities are exempt from PCR test requirements
- Passengers travelling from one of the destinations/countries listed below are required to complete another PCR test upon arrival in DXB.
- On arrival to DXB, tourists must complete the travel undertaking form provided by your airline before landing and download and register on the COVID-19 DXB Smart App.
The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) called on all COVID-19 close contact cases to complete the entire 10-day quarantine period to help prevent the spread of the disease.
The DHA said that Al Safa Health Centre and Nad Al Sheba Centre for Ladies are now open to the public.
Travellers will be exempted from quarantine in the case of a death in the family.
Pictures and footage on Sunday showed people praying side by side, making straight rows of worshippers that are formations revered in performing Muslim prayers, for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold last year.
During a recent interview held before a live audience, Putin said to a US journalist that ‘you are too beautiful and pretty to understand the issue about a stand-off with Europe over gas supplies.’
The ministry stressed in a statement that its aim to continue expanding the scope of testing nationwide to facilitate the early detection of coronavirus cases and carry out the necessary treatment.