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

The labs are based in Delhi, Kerala and Jaipur

  
A French doctor, wearing a protective suit and a face mask, holds a test tube before administering a nasal swab to a 6-year-old child during a COVID-19 testing in Gouzeaucourt, during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in France, May 16, 2020.

A French doctor, wearing a protective suit and a face mask, holds a test tube before administering a nasal swab to a 6-year-old child during a COVID-19 testing in Gouzeaucourt, during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in France, May 16, 2020.

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Pre-travel reverse transcript polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) Covid-19 negative test results from four labs in India will not be accepted in Dubai any more, according to diplomatic sources and Air India Express.

The RT-PCR negative Covid-19 reports from four Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)-approved laboratories -- Suryam Lab in Jaipur, Microhealth Labs in Kerala, Dr P Bhasin Pathlabs Ltd. in Delhi, and Noble Diagnostic Centre in Delhi -- will not be accepted in Dubai any more, announced Air India Express on Monday.

According to an update on the airline's blog, it has been recommended that passengers to Dubai may be advised to obtain pre-travel RT-PCR reports from Pure Health approved Laboratories.

Neeraj Agarwal, the 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."

Similar notices have also been issued by UAE airline flydubai to its passengers flying in from India. Khaleej Times has seen a copy of the notice that was issued to its trade partners and has reached out to the airlines for comments.

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