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