Rapid PCR test facility at Sialkot airport for Pakistan-Dubai flights

Aneela SiddiquiWeb Editor

11th Aug, 2021. 03:18 pm

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will begin performing Rapid PCR tests at the Sialkot International Airport for travelers flying to Dubai, following UAE authorities’ restrictions on Covid-19 Rapid PCR/RTPCR testing.

According to a PIA official, the national flag carrier has scheduled special flights from Sialkot to Dubai on August 12 and 14, and passengers would be subjected to rapid PCR testing at the Sialkot airport. In light of the testing, he advised travelers to be at the airport at least 5 hours ahead of time.

Covid-19 Rapid PCR testing for passengers must be completed within four hours of flight departure in key concourse halls at airports, according to UAE officials.

Passengers must check-in at the Citi Lab Research & Diagnostic Centre counter 5-6 hours before departure and complete registration. They must provide samples within 4 hours of the flight’s departure and wait for test findings for 90 minutes. Passengers will proceed to the check-in desk after getting negative test results.

Shahid Mughal, PIA’s regional manager for the UAE, said that negotiations with healthcare professionals to offer quick PCR tests at Pakistani airports were in the process. After UAE authorities declared a quick PCR test four hours before to flight was necessary, all airlines, including Pakistan International Airlines, are attempting to set up this facility at airports across the country for UAE-bound passengers.


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