All tourists and res­i­dents fly­ing into Dubai air­port can un­dergo free coro­n­avirus test

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All trav­ellers land­ing in Dubai can be tested for Covid-19 with­out charge, ac­cord­ing to the Dubai Health Author­ity.

Na­tion­als and re­turn­ing res­i­dents will be given poly­merase chain re­ac­tion (PCR) coro­n­avirus tests on land­ing in the emi­rate.

Tourists have two op­tions. They can take a PCR test a max­i­mum four days be­fore fly­ing to the UAE and present Dubai author­i­ties with the Covid-19 neg­a­tive cer­tifi­cate.

Other­wise, they can sub­ject them­selves to a free test af­ter land­ing in the city. f a trav­eller shows symp­toms of the virus on board a flight, a fol­low-up Covid-19 test will be con­ducted even if the per­son car­ries a neg­a­tive cer­tifi­cate.

The mea­sures have been put in place by Dubai’s Supreme Com­mit­tee of Cri­sis and Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment to help pre­vent the spread of coro­n­avirus by air travel.

All trav­ellers ar­riv­ing in Dubai must also com­plete health dec­la­ra­tion forms that dis­close any pos­si­ble symp­toms of the disease. These will be given to pas­sen­gers by the air­line they are fly­ing with.

At Dubai air­port, ev­ery pas­sen­ger will have their tem­per­a­ture scanned by ther­mal screen­ing de­vices and every­one must down­load the Covid-19 DXB app.

Valid med­i­cal in­surance is also re­quired for tourists. Those that ar­rive with­out it will be asked to sign a dis­claimer un­der­tak­ing that they will “bear all costs of quar­an­tine and treat­ment”.

Any trav­eller test­ing pos­i­tive for Covid-19 once in Dubai will have to un­dergo a 14-day quar­an­tine. This can be done at home if con­di­tions com­ply with of­fi­cial guide­lines from the Covid-19 Com­mand and Con­trol Cen­tre.

Peo­ple who share a home or live in high-den­sity hous­ing will be iso­lated at a sep­a­rate cen­tre.

This should be pro­vided by their em­ployer or the govern­ment, with com­pa­nies bear­ing the costs ac­cord­ing to the Dubai Health Author­ity’s most re­cent guide­lines.

Peo­ple fly­ing into Dubai must also ob­serve pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures in­clud­ing wear­ing face masks, main­tain­ing two-me­tre so­cial dis­tanc­ing and wash­ing their hands reg­u­larly.

AFP

A tourist re­ceives in­struc­tions at Dubai air­port on Wed­nes­day af­ter the UAE re­opened its doors to in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors

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