No need of pre-travel COVID-19 test for GCC passengers arriving at DXB

Passengers can opt for undergoing RT-PCR test upon arrival at Dubai airports

  
A passenger walks at Dubai International Airport, as Emirates airline resumed limited outbound passenger flights amid outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Dubai, UAE April 27, 2020.

A passenger walks at Dubai International Airport, as Emirates airline resumed limited outbound passenger flights amid outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Dubai, UAE April 27, 2020.

REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

The passengers arriving in Dubai from the GCC countries need not show a RT-PCR test result, the emirate’s Airport Operations Control Centre has announced. Instead, Dubai Airports said, all passengers could perform the Covid-19 test upon arrival.

Khaleej Times has seen a copy of the circular which said: “All passengers arriving (originating) from GCC countries are not required to conduct PCR test before arriving at Dubai International Airport/Dubai World Central (Maktoum International Airport). PCR test on arrival only.”

Subsequently, the websites of flydubai and Emirates Airlines also have the latest update regarding travel rules for GCC passengers.

Emirates said: “All passengers arriving in Dubai from the below GCC countries are not required to takeaCovid19PCR test prior to departure. You can opt to do the test on arrival atDubaiInternationalAirport.”

Not applicable on land borders

The airline added: “This is not applicable to passengers arriving by road through the Hatta border, who musttakethe PCR test 96 hours before departure.”

The countries are — Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman. The test on arrival in Dubai also applies to passengers travelling from the UKand Germany. Furthermore, all passengers still have the option of taking the test before departure in their country of origin.

Similarly, flydubai announced: “If you are a UAE resident arriving in Dubai, and your journey originated in a GCC country, you only need to take a Covid-19 PCR test on arrival in Dubai.” Passengers must quarantine themselves until they receive their test results and those who test positive for Covid-19 must quarantine for 14 days.

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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