Flydubai says pre-travel rapid Covid testing not mandatory for passengers to India

The free testing service was offered to all passengers departing from Dubai Airports. 

  
Flydubai Aircraft on the ground.

Flydubai Aircraft on the ground.

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Budget carrier flydubai announced on Wednesday that the pre-travel rapid IgG/ IgM testing for detection of Covid-19 is 'not mandatory' for travellers to any destination in India. The decision is effective immediately. A circular was issued in this regard to flydubai's travel partners.  

Following the Dubai Airports' announcement that changed the rapid testing venue from the departure terminal to the Shabab Al Ahli Football Club on Sunday, long queues had formed outside the club.

The free testing service was offered to all passengers departing from Dubai Airports and was predominantly used by passengers on repatriation flights to India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. "Now, passengers on flydubai flights can purchase their tickets, wear a mask and go home," said Sudheesh TP, general manager of Deira Tours and Travels.  

"However, the notification has come through only from flydubai and none of the other airlines operating out of Dubai airports have made a similar announcement," he said.  
PCR testing regulations  

The RT-PCR negative test report that allows passengers travelling from the UAE to India to avoid paid quarantine is not mandatory, but is highly recommended, according to an advisory issued by the Consulate-General of India in Dubai on August 11.  

In an earlier interview with Khaleej Times, Dr Aman Puri, the Consul-General of India to Dubai, told Khaleej Times: "Though it is not mandatory, we highly recommend a negative PCR- test result before travelling to India." He said the test would be in the best interest for those travelling as it safeguards the life of all passengers on the flight, and the lives of those in India. 

For passengers departing from Abu Dhabi and Sharjah on Air India Express flights, it has been made mandatory, effective from Thursday, that all passengers carry a negative Covid-19 PCR test certificate, with a validity of not more than 96 hours from the time of departure.

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