Flights have resumed in Dubai and according to the Health Authority of the emirate, all travellers flying to Dubai can undergo a free COVID-19 test at the airport. Returning residents and nationals will be provided polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests on reaching Dubai International Airport. Travellers will also have to fill out a health declaration form confessing any possible symptoms of the disease. The respective airlines will provide these forms to their passengers.
COVID-19 Test Free At Dubai International Airport
Incoming passengers at Dubai airport will have two options. They can take a PCR-test up to four days before their journey and present a COVID-19 negative certificate to the Dubai authorities. Or else, they can opt for the free testing at the airport. Any tourist showing symptoms of infection in-flight will need to undergo follow-up tests, even if the person has a negative certificate.
Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management has come up with these measures to combat the spread of coronavirus by air travel.
Each Passenger At The Airport Will Undergo Thermal Screening
The airport authorities will check the temperature of every passenger with thermal screening devices. Also, all travellers must download the COVID-19 DXB app. Apart from these, tourists need to have valid medical insurance. People arriving at the airport without it will have to sign a disclaimer stating that they will ‘bear all costs of quarantine and treatment’. Passengers testing positive need to stay in quarantine for a period of 14-days. They can opt for home quarantine, only if the situations comply with guidelines from the COVID-19 Command and Control Centre. People sharing homes or living in highly populated areas will have to isolate themselves in a separate facility. This should be provided by their employer or the government, according to the guidelines of the Dubai Health Authority.
If you’re flying to Dubai now, you must also follow the other precautionary measures such as wearing face masks, maintaining safe distances from co-passengers and washing hands frequently. On that note, here’s a peek into the airline industry amid the pandemic with Vistara CCO, Vinod Kannan: