Pakistani passengers transiting through Dubai need to take PCR tests

Roman AhmedWeb Editor

26th Aug, 2021. 01:07 am
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Travelers flying from Pakistan and transiting through Dubai will have to undertake a rapid PCR test before departure, stated Private newspaper.

“This new rule will come into effect from August 27,” the newspaper reported citing Dubai’s flag carrier, Emirates.

“In addition to the testing requirement for passengers traveling to or through Dubai, effective August 27, 2021, all passengers traveling to or transferring through Dubai from Pakistan are required to take a Covid-19 rapid PCR test at the departure airport before their scheduled flight. The rapid PCR test can be conducted within six hours of departure,” it said.

The rapid coronavirus PCR testing facility is accessible at all major Pakistani airports.

“Other requirements for travelers coming from Pakistan include carrying a negative Covid-19 PCR test with a validity of 48 hours before departure from approved laboratories with a QR code,” the publication said.

The United Arab Emirates has opened tourist visas for citizens of six countries, including Pakistan while issuing rules and regulations in this regard.

Citizens from Pakistan, Nepal, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, India, and Uganda can visit Dubai on tourist visas.

Tourists belonging to these countries can visit Dubai, but it is necessary for them to stay in another country for 14 days before arriving in Dubai, according to the FlyDubai website.

The PCR test criteria are based on the country from where the passenger departs.

Whereas the air travelers must have authorization from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA).

They are also required to deliver the printed copy of a negative COVID-19 PCR test with an English or Arabic QR code taken not more than 48 hours before departure.

Furthermore, this is not valid for the members of diplomatic, economic, and scientific missions, UAE nationals, UAE Golden Visa holders, and travelers exempt and/or authorized by the proper authorities to enter the UAE.


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