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

Dhanusha Gokulan (Principal Correspondent)/Dubai
dhanusha@khaleejtimes.com 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@khaleejtimes.com 

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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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