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Pre-travel Covid-19 test result from four Indian labs not accepted in Dubai

Dhanusha Gokulan (Principal Correspondent)/Dubai Filed on September 29, 2020 | Last updated on September 29, 2020 at 06.27 am
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Negative test results from these Indian Council of Medical Research-approved centres shall be deemed invalid.

Pre-travel Covid-19 test results from four laboratories in India will no longer be accepted in Dubai, according to diplomatic sources and India's national carrier.

These RT-PCR testing laboratories include Suryam Lab in Jaipur, Microhealth Labs in Kerala, Dr P Bhasin Pathlabs Ltd in Delhi, and the Noble Diagnostic Centre in Delhi.

Negative test results from these Indian Council of Medical Research-approved centres shall be deemed invalid, Air India Express announced on Monday.

Passengers travelling to Dubai are advised to obtain pre-travel RT-PCR reports from Pure Health-approved laboratories, the airline said in its latest blog post.

Neeraj Agarwal, consul for Press, information, and culture at the Consulate-General of India in Dubai, said: "I can confirm that this report is true. However, passengers wishing to fly from India to Dubai can bring the test report from all other ICMR-approved facilities, except the four labs that have been listed by Dubai authorities."

A similar notice has also been issued by the UAE airline flydubai to its passengers flying in from India. Khaleej Times has seen a copy of the advisory that was issued to its trade partners and has reached out to the airlines for comments. 


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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