Dubai removes RT-PCR requirements for Indian travelers

Dubai on Tuesday, February 22 removed the requirements for Indian travellers to undergo rapid RTPCR at Indian airports before departing to UAE. An advisory issued by the Dubai Airport updated the travel requirements for passengers from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

The fresh advisory requires Indian nationals to produce a negative COVID-19 test certificate taken up to 48 hours before the scheduled departure of the flight, from an approved health service provider. The passengers will require to undergo a PCR test upon their arrival in Dubai.

The responsibility of ensuring that conditions of travel are met will lie with airline operators.

For transit passengers, the rules governing entry at the final destination will be applicable. The responsibility of ensuring that the conditions of travel are met will lie with the airline operators.

The revision in travel requirements will ease the situation for a large number of Indians who either reside in or travel frequently to the city.

The relief is two-fold for passengers — one not shelling out INR 3,000 for the test at the airport and relief from the anxiety of testing positive just before boarding the flight and having to deal with the trauma of planning the trip again amidst all the confusion.

Dubai removed requirements for travellers to undergo RTPCR at Indian airports before departing to UAE.

India retained its position as the top destination country for Dubai by passenger volume, with traffic for 2021 totalling 4.2 million, followed by Pakistan with 1.8m, Saudi Arabia with 1.5m and the United Kingdom with 1.2m passengers, according to Dubai Airports Company that owns and manages the operation and development of both Dubai International Airport and Dubai World Central Airport.

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