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Dubai reduces PCR test validity period for certain countries

Passengers arriving from destinations including the UK will have to present a negative test with a validity of 48 hours

Passengers from more than a dozen countries, including those travelling from the UK to Dubai, must now present a negative Covid-19 PCR test certificate dated no more than 48 hours before departure.

On its website, Emirates Airline said that the certificate must be for a Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT PCR) test, stating where the sample was taken and that NHS Covid-19 test certificates will not be accepted for travel from the UK.

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Passengers arriving or transiting through Dubai from countries including Bangladesh, India, Lebanon, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Sudan and Zambia must carry a valid negative Covid-19 PCR test certificate with a QR code conducted within 48 hours. The QR code must be presented at check-in and to the Dubai Health Authority representatives upon arrival in Dubai airports.

Dubai International Airport has also announced that PCR tests will be carried out on arriving passengers at random.

For more information, visit www.emirates.com

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