The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Authorities has stopped accepting Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test reports from a Islamabad Diagnostic Center (IDC) and Chughtai Lab of Pakistan for Dubai flights.
The new instruction came out on Monday from UAE officials after a new travel advisory was issued for those traveling to Dubai and after that, all airlines dispersed the new guidelines via their social media platforms.
According to Airblue’s latest Twitter post:
“IMPORTANT INFROMATION FOR #DUBAI TRAVEL”
“Guidelines from Dubai Civil Aviation Authorities for our guests flying from #Pakistan to #Dubai regarding PCR Test Reports.”
“As advised by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, (only for Dubai flights), PCR test reports issued by Chughtai Laboratories and Islamabad Diagnostic Center are not acceptable anymore.”
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR #DUBAI TRAVEL— Airblue (@airblueairline) October 26, 2020
Guidelines from Dubai Civil Aviation Authorities for our guests flying from #Pakistan to #Dubai regarding PCR Test Reports.
For further assistance, call us at our helpline 111-247-258 😊#airblueCares 💙 pic.twitter.com/wdvfzWGwaZ
According to the notification it was cited that the new implementations will be effective from Monday. Apart from Chughtai Lab and IDC, the COVID-19 tests from other test centers that are registered will be acceptable for Dubai travel.
In August, UAE airlines relaxed their PCR rules and allowed test results carried out at a Chughtai or Islamabad Diagnostic Centre (IDC) lab.
According to SOPs imposed by countries, all the passengers need to have a PCR test in order to fly for a foreign country. There are some limitations regarding the coronavirus tests as some countries accept the ones conducted 48 hours before the flight PCR test while some are accepting 72 hours.
Currently, the coronavirus cases reached 43,689,018 globally, while the death rate is touching 1,162,959 and almost 32,068,745 people are recovered from this deadly virus. USA, India and Brazil are the most affected countries by the coronavirus pandemic.