Dubai rejects seven Indian labs for COVID-19 RT PCR test reports


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A health officer checks passengers at Dubai airport. File

Gulf Today, Staff reporter

In a latest travel warning issued to Indian passengers flying to Dubai, authorities warned Indians not to conduct an RT COVID-19 PCR test from seven laboratories in India.

It was also learned that some Indian passengers were stopped at the airport based on the results of the COVID-19 test.

Air India Express has issued the warning on its Twitter account.

The airline said: “#FlyWithIX: watch out for passengers traveling to Dubai! …”

He has published the list of laboratories.


It reads: “According to the civil aviation authorities of Dubai, RT-PCR tests performed by the listed laboratories will not be accepted.”

  • Suryam Lab in Jaipur
  • Dr P. Bhasin Pathlabs Pvt Ltd in Delhi
  • Do Diagnostic Center
  • AARA clinical laboratories
  • Microhealth Lab in the cities of Kerala
  • Noble Diagnostic Center in Dubai
  • 360 Diagnostic and health services

Recently, hundreds of Pakistanis and Indians were stranded at Dubai airport due to lack of travel documents.

However, the consulates of the respective countries resolved the matter and helped them get home.

On the other hand, Hardeep Singh Puri, Indian Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs and Civil Aviation, said on Twitter: “With international travel of over 2.85 million people facilitated so far under the mission by Vande Bharat and more than 15 million domestic travelers, the civil aviation sector is flying high.

“Phase 7 of the VBM begins October 29 with more destinations, flights and bubble deals.”

Travel to Dubai for tourism has been allowed since 7 July 2020 and the city now welcomes tourists from all over the world again.

Travel guidelines are as follows:

– All tourists must perform a COVID-19 PCR test before arriving in DXB, no more than 96 hours prior to the scheduled flight departure time, at an officially recognized testing center.

– The negative result of the COVID-19 PCR test must be presented in certified format printed by the traveler upon arrival in DXB. The certificate must be in English or Arabic only. Handwritten certificates will not be allowed.

– Tourists with a valid visa or visa on arrival do not need pre-approvals to travel by DXB.

– All tourists departing from the DXB are advised to follow the requirements of their final destination, as some may require the presentation of an additional negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate before leaving the DXB.

– Children under the age of 12 and passengers with moderate to severe disabilities are exempt from the requirements of the PCR test

– Passengers traveling from one of the destinations / countries listed below are required to complete another PCR test upon arrival in DXB.

– Upon arrival in DXB, tourists must complete the travel commitment form provided by the airline before landing and download and register on the COVID-19 DXB Smart app.


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