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Handwritten Covid-19 PCR test results, photocopies won't be accepted: Air India

Dhanusha Gokulan (Principal Correspondent)/Dubai Filed on September 16, 2020 | Last updated on September 16, 2020 at 07.51 pm
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Air India has released a list of mandatory negative Covid-19 RT-PCR medical test requirements on its blog.

Passengers travelling from India to the UAE have been asked not to submit hand-written RT-PCR test results to airport authorities as these will not be accepted by civil aviation and health authorities in UAE or India, Air India said in its recent blog update.

The airline has released a list of mandatory negative Covid-19 RT-PCR medical test requirements on its blog.

First, the negative Covid-19 RT-PCR medical test result should only be taken from Indian Council of Medical Research, Pure Health, or Micro Health accredited laboratories.

Second, the test result should be issued, duly signed and stamped in the original letterhead of the testing lab. Third, the test result should not be handwritten or have corrections.

It added, "Kindly note that photocopies of the results will not be accepted." The mandatory 96-hour time frame begins from the time, date the swab, or sample was collected for test. True NAT/CB-NAAT methodology is not being accepted and only nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab test analysed by Real-Time RT-PCR is accepted."


Dhanusha Gokulan

Originally from India, Dhanusha Gokulan has been working as a journalist for 10 years. She has a keen interest in writing about issues that plague the common person and will never turn down a human interest story. She completed her Bachelor in Arts in Journalism, Economics and English Literature from Mangalore University in 2008. In her spare time, she dabbles with some singing/songwriting, loves travelling and Audible is her favourite mobile application. Tweet at her @wordjunkie88

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