UAE airlines flydubai and Air Arabia have expanded the list of countries in which passengers must provide a QR code on their COVID-19 test reports prior to departure.
A QR code (QR code) is a type of matrix bar code that provides a link to a webpage when scanned with a smartphone camera.
Emirates previously mandated travelers from India and Pakistan to submit a negative PCR test result bearing a QR code linked to the webpage of the original report for verification. However, most of the other airlines in the UAE only required passengers from India to produce the same.
In a revised travel update that makes the QR code mandatory for travelers in more countries, flydubai has added Pakistan, Egypt and Ethiopia along with India. `` As of 00:01 (GMT + 4) on May 1, 2021, passengers arriving in Dubai coming from Pakistan should be able to present a printed copy of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result in English or Arabic from a test done in a lab. Certified (in the country they are flying from) at most 72 hours before their flight departing to Dubai The airline said on its website: "The test result must display a QR code."
Similar guidelines have been published for travelers from Egypt and Ethiopia, with the implementation date of the said rule on May 9. This condition also applies to classes of passengers who are exempt from the 10-day suspension of passenger carriage from India from 25 April.
UAE citizens, children under 12 years old, and passengers with moderate to severe disabilities are exempt from the pre-departure test.
The rule of Air Arabia
Meanwhile, the Air Arabia website said that passengers from Bangladesh, Pakistan and India must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test with a QR code on it. In a travel update sent to its partners, the airline, which operates flights to Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Ras al-Khaimah, said this was effective immediately as per directions received from the UAE authorities.
Air Arabia said the QR code requirement applies to transit passengers as well.
However, flydubai has not enforced the QR code rule for transit passengers from Pakistan, Egypt and Ethiopia.
Currently, transit passengers are not permitted to enter Dubai from India. However, passengers are permitted to transit via Dubai to India. `` Transportation of passengers traveling from India (or passengers who have crossed through India in the last 14 days) has been suspended for a period of 10 days (and may be extended for another period if required).
“This does not apply to citizens of the United Arab Emirates or holders of diplomatic and official passports of missions or passengers who hold a golden visa issued by the United Arab Emirates and who must be able to present a printed copy of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result in English or Arabic. Of taking the test at most 48 hours before the departure of their next flight to Dubai. The test result must display a QR code.
Flydubai pointed out that all passengers who are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test before leaving their next flight to Dubai, must be able to present a printed copy of the negative result in English or Arabic for their acceptance to travel. Electronic transcripts on mobile phones and handwritten test results will not be accepted. The test must be performed in a laboratory accredited by the UAE government or in one of the laboratories listed here.