On Monday, The Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) directed Air India Express to reject the negative COVID 19 Reports of passengers from specific laboratories in India.
The airlines informed by tweeting, The labs, whose Reports are to be rejected, include Suryam Lab in Jaipur, Microhealth Labs in Kerala, Dr. P Bhasin Pathlabs (Private) Limited, and Noble Diagnostic Centre in Delhi.
Traveling rules in the UAE
According to the traveling rules in the country, the passengers traveling to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) need to carry a negative COVID 19 certificate from an RT-PCR or reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction and the test should be done 96 hours before the journey. However, children under the age of 12 years and people with moderate to severe disabilities are exempted from the country’s travel guidelines.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has a list of specific laboratories from which passengers of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh must obtain their certificates.
Air India flights were suspended by DCAA
Earlier this month, the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority has banned the Air India Express for 15 days because the airlines have brought two COVID 19 patients to Dubai. The ban was dismissed by the authorities after the airline officials assured that such lapses would not happen again.
The Air India Express officials have also taken strict action against the employees who were responsible for such lapses and repeated their safety measures to all the employees. So that such a mistake will not happen again.
Aur bubble agreement with UAE
According to the PTI, The UAE is among 10 countries with which India has a bilateral air bubble agreement. The agreement allows the two countries to Operate the flights between the two countries with certain restrictions.
As per the Johns Hopkins University data, UAE has reported over 92,000 coronavirus cases and 413 deaths so far. On the other hand, India is the second most worst affected country by the COVID 19 virus having 60,74,702 cases and 95,542 deaths.
Although, last week an analytical study by the Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi showed that the main sources of Coronavirus importation into India were the travelers coming from Dubai and United States. The study was published in the Journal of Travel Medicine.