UAE Scraps Rapid Testing Requirement for Travelers from Pakistan

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is discontinuing its pre-departure rapid antigen testing regime at airports for Pakistani passengers flying to Dubai and Sharjah, according to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Passengers from four countries — Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka — must still present a valid rapid polymerase chain reaction (PCR) certificate for a test performed at an approved facility within 48 hours of departure.

The period will be calculated from the time the passenger submitted his sample to the laboratory for testing.

Passengers will be subjected to a PCR test at Dubai International Airport and will be required to self-quarantine until the results are processed and released.

However, unless required by their final destination, all transiting passengers are not required to present a PCR test certificate.

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