Emirates, Qatar Airways made COVID-19 test mandatory for Pakistani passengers

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After Emirates updated its travel advisory and made COVID-19 negative test certificate mandatory to fly to Dubai, Qatar Airways also made coronavirus tests mandatory for Pakistani passengers.

To fly with Emirates you need to have a COVID-19 negative test certificate which will be issued by the competent authority and now Qatar Airways has informed passengers traveling from July 13 to present a negative COVID-19 certificate before boarding the plane.

Passengers from Pakistan along with other nine countries are advised to carry COVID-19 negative test certificates before boarding the Emirates planes for Dubai. The issuance of the certificate must be 96 hours before the departure from the passenger’s homeland.

In case of Qatar Airways, the negative PCR test certificate needs to be issued no less than 72 hours before the flight. However, children age below 12 are exempted from this.

In a statement by Emirates which says “All passengers traveling with Emirates from the countries or airports specifies below have to carry a COVID-19 negative certificate issued by a local government approved laboratory to be accepted on the flight. Where specifies, a certificate from a UAE government designated laboratory in the country of origin is also accepted.”

Covid-19 tests mandatory for 10 countries by Emirates

Apart from Pakistan, these are the countries whose citizens need to carry COVID-19 negative tests and comply with Emirates updated policy.

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • India
  • Tanzania
  • Egypt
  • Philippines
  • Russia
  • Iran
  • The United States. The states which have most coronavirus cases need to carry COVID-19 negative test i.e. residents of California, Florida, San Francisco, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Texas, and Los Angeles who have connecting flights via Emirates to Dubai.

As the global pandemic continues to spread, travel restrictions by different have become stauncher. Furthermore, multiple airlines have suspended flight operations with Pakistan pertaining to fake pilot license scandal.

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