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Covid: India requests UAE to remove requirement for RT-PCR test at airport

Covid: India requests UAE to remove requirement for RT-PCR test at airport

India is in talks with the UAE and has requested health authorities to remove the requirement for a coronavirus RT-PCR test at the airport.

Under current rules, passengers traveling to the United Arab Emirates must arrive at the airport six hours early to take the RT-PCR test.

The high cost of RT-PCR testing at the airport is also a problem often raised by passengers traveling to the UAE, said India’s Ambassador to the UAE Pavan Kapoor.

“We have discussed it formally with the UAE government. We have told them that given the level of vaccination in India, given the low level of Covid-19 cases now and the fact that these vaccines are recognized now, we have suggested to them they should try to remove this RTPCR requirement at the airport. We believe it is in line with the situation. They pledged to carry it out with the national NCEMA (National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority), the national health authority who will take the final call on this matter. So we are hopeful that it will be seriously considered. ”

Foreign Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar arrived in Dubai this morning to attend the Bani Yas Forum. He visited the India pavilion at the Dubai Expo. He indicated that scheduled flights can begin in full force between India and the United Arab Emirates.

EAM Jaishankar said: “I would say in terms of the airline problem, part of the problem was people are very careful, bubble arrangements, you know, scheduled flights haven’t been operating for some time, so we’re moving towards the resumption of scheduled flights. ” the call that the Ministry of Civil Aviation will take. What I can tell you from my perspective is that the step towards resuming scheduled flights is advancing. ”

He further said: “Today we have 97 countries that are on the category ‘A’ list. In my opinion, that in itself is a step towards normalcy. Obviously, that had to happen before the airline expanded. The airline’s policy cannot be taken for a destination or an I know that the Ministry of Civil Aviation is now analyzing that travel makes it easier for vaccinated people to move and there is understanding to make the move. ”

S Jaishankar also said that in India, Covid and economic recovery are taking place and the year has been good for trade. He said there is optimism on the street and that it is not just stifled growth, but it continues.

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