Dubai reduces validity of RT-PCR tests to 72 hours | Mangaluru News – Times of India


MANGALURU: Travellers to UAE now have to produce a negative RT-PCR test conducted 72 hours prior to departure, after authorities reduced the timeframe from the previous 96 hours. All those with work permits and tourists, barring UAE nationals, must present a valid negative Covid 19 RT-PCR test certificate on arrival.
The mandatory 72-hour time frame begins from the time the swab is collected for the test. Authorities also said flights from January 31 to February 2 from Mangaluru will land in Sharjah instead of Dubai, due to technical issues and cautioned travellers to follow the 72-hour window since they have not received any communication from Sharjah authorities regarding test validity.
The new protocols also state passengers arriving in Dubai will be required to take an RT-PCR test on arrival regardless of the country they are coming from. Also, arrivals from some countries, depending on the Covid situation there, may be required to undergo additional tests when landing in Dubai, according to Air India Express officials.
AI Express again cautioned passengers to present original test reports (printed form), from a governmentapproved lab. All passengers are also required to download the Covid-19 Dubai smart app and generate a QR code on their devices.
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