Shina Salim, a nurse, had been stranded in the south Indian state of Kerala since March 14. “I went for a short vacation, but because of the lockdown, I’ve been separated from my husband and job ever since. I am very happy to be back,” she said.
Hailing from the city of Kollam, Shina completed her PCR test from Kerala’s DDRC SRL diagnostic services. “I gave a copy of the airline pre-requisites to the testing centre and got the result in 24 hours. My husband got the GDRFA approvals for me,” she added.
During her trip from Kollam to Thiruvananthapuram, she also had to carry a self-declaration form in case she was stopped by police officials for further testing.
Upon landing in Dubai, the passengers said they underwent another PCR test, with results expected in 24 hours. They were also asked to download the Covid-19 DXB app for contact-tracing.
“Until then, I have to stay under home quarantine,” Shina explained. “There were a few passengers on the flight, so social distancing was maintained. My husband and I underwent months of stress, and we had booked tickets on charter flights as well. Luckily, we didn’t need them anymore,” she added.