Planning a trip to Dubai? Here are the health instructions related to the Covid that you must follow from and to the Emirati city
Travel to Dubai: Are you planning to travel to Dubai? Indians have sought to travel abroad after being locked away at home due to the pandemic for a long time. Dubai is among the favorite destinations for many Indians, whether for work or leisure, not least due to its proximity and given the fact that Expo 2020 as well as many cricket tournaments are currently taking place in the city. Emirati, the journey to the other nation is more than ever. Still, the pandemic is not yet dead and the UAE, which has succeeded in keeping the virus under control to a large extent now, has strict protocols in place for people traveling to the country.
So here’s what you need to know and what to expect when traveling to the other country amid current COVID-19 guidelines.
Once all documents like passport, visa and airline tickets are in order, travelers must undergo a COVID-19 RT-PCR test within 48 hours before the time of departure. The report should be printed and handy, as it is checked by airlines as well as during immigration checks. But this is not the only report. Within 6 hours before the departure time, travelers must undergo a rapid PCR test at the airport in India. This test costs between Rs 3,900 and Rs 4,500 and a printed report can be obtained from dedicated kiosks at the airport within an hour of the test.
However, passengers should be aware that these tests take a long time due to the long queues and, therefore, they should arrive at the airport well in advance to be able to take the test within 6 hours. following the departure, but also have sufficient time. proceed with registration, immigration and security checks.
This report, coupled with the RT-PCR test report performed within 48 hours of departure, is verified at airline check-in kiosks, and even immigration control staff can request these reports. These tests must also be presented to airline staff upon boarding.
But that’s not where the testing ends. Once travelers have arrived at Dubai Airport, they are required to undergo another COVID-19 PCR test at the airport itself. The report of this test is usually sent out within five to six hours, during which time passengers must remain in isolation at the hotel. If this test turns out to be positive, travelers are required to self-quarantine in accordance with Dubai Health Authority guidelines.
When arriving in India as well, a passenger must be tested within 48 hours of departure and this report is verified by airlines at the check-in kiosk as well as upon boarding the flight.
Upon arrival in India, the airport can either require passengers to undergo another test or order them to remain under observation for 14 days to check for any symptoms of COVID-19.