Whether you have symptoms or not, or if you need a Covid test for travel, you can test for Covid-19 using a fast lateral flow (antigen) test in addition to PCR assays. (Before travelling, always check a country’s admittance restrictions to be sure this is correct.) While PCR testing is widely available in Dubai, quick antigen tests are not. Fast antigen tests are less expensive and can be performed at home. While the results can be obtained in 15 to 30 minutes, they are not as precise as PCR test results. In addition, detailed instructions on how to receive rapid antigen tests in Dubai can be found here.
1. Aster Pharmacy
Aster Pharmacy offers Biospeedia Covid-19 rapid antigen tests in-store and online. The nasal lateral flow tests are self-administered, and the kit comes with everything you’ll need to do the test at home. Each test costs Dhs40 or Dhs195 for a box of five tests. Free shipping is available on all orders over Dhs69.
Cost: Dhs40 for one, Dhs195 for a pack of five asterpharmacy.ae
2. Community Pharmacy
Antigen testing for Panbio and Flowflex Covid-19 is offered at Community Pharmacy for Dhs40 per test or Dhs150 for a family pack of four Panbio tests. Community Pharmacy has sites throughout the emirate, including Motor City, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai Marina, and Wafi, and the self-administered lateral flow test kits come with everything you need to complete an at-home test.
Cost: Dhs40 for one, Dhs150 for a pack of four chspharmacy.ae
The Panbio rapid antigen test is available in single and family packs at several Boots locations in Dubai, including Community Pharmacy. The at-home tests are offered for the same price as Community Pharmacy at select Boots locations – AED 40 for one and AED 150 for a bundle of four. So far, we’ve seen them at the Mall of the Emirates and the Springs Souk.
Cost: Dhs40 for one, Dhs150 for a pack of four