Vastavam web: Two major airlines have updated their pre-travel Covid-19 testing requirements for travellers from Dubai to India, Khaleej Times can reveal. UAE’s budget carrier flydubai and India’s Air India Express announced the changes on Wednesday. The Indian budget carrier has said all passengers departing from Dubai must carry a Covid-19 negative PCR test result.
Flydubai announced that the pre-travel rapid IgG/ IgM testing is ‘not mandatory’ for travellers to any destination in India. The decision is effective immediately. A circular was issued in this regard to flydubai’s travel partners. The free testing service was offered all passengers departing from the Dubai Airports and was predominantly used by passengers on repatriation flights to India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, Air India Express said on its blog: “All passengers travelling from Dubai will be required to take a Covid-19 PCR test no more than 96 hours before departure and present the test result certificate at check-in. Children under the age of 12 and passengers who have a moderate or severe disability are exempt from this test. The airline has also said all Indian citizens returning to India are mandated to fill the Air Suvidha Self Reporting form available online, before reporting to the airport.