Goa Airport Launches RT-PCR Facility For Those Travelling To The UAE; Test Cost ₹4000

by Sanjana Shenoy
Goa Airport Launches RT-PCR Facility For Those Travelling To The UAE; Test Cost ₹4000

If you’re planning to fly from India to the UAE, make sure you reach the airport, 5 to 6 hours before departure. This is because the entry requirement of the UAE requires a rapid PCR test conducted for every passenger at the respective Indian airport. As India-UAE flights resumed from August 7 under specific protocols, the airlines have issued strict directives for passengers Air India and IndiGo have issued directives asking passengers to arrive 6 hours before departure. Here’s what you need to know.

Passengers Flying From India To UAE Must Reach Airport 6 Hours Before Departure

The UAE has made a negative PCR test conducted for every passenger arriving for India taken not more than 4 hours before the flight. Due to this strict time stipulation, the tests will be done at the source airports. The Air India Express revealed that the test counters will be open 4 hours before departure and will close 2 hours before departure. Flyers have been urged to arrive at least 6 hours prior to the scheduled departure.

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Goa Airport Launches RT-PCR Facility

To ease travel for those travelling to UAE, Goa International Airport set up an RT-PCR test facility at the multi-level car parking. The test costs ₹4,000 and comes as a big relief for Goan expats flying to the UAE. A communication by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority stated that the test can be conducted at the departure airport within six hours of departure and the rule is applicable to passengers from India, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Uganda.

Rapid PCR Test Counters Will Be Open For Compulsory Testing

This test is not just compulsory for Indians but also for passengers arriving from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Since there were no rapid PCR test facility counters in Pakistan airports, many Pakistani flyers were left stranded. According to reports, Pakistan’s Sialkot international airport has launched a rapid PCR test facility, available from August 12. The UAE government recently decided to permit partial relaxation to Indian flyers apart from welcoming transit passengers. The UAE also permitted UAE residents who are students, medical professionals and professionals working for the UAE government with valid residence proof. Meanwhile here are some adventure activities that must be on your UAE bucket list.