The Civil Aviation Authority announced on Tuesday that people travelling from Pakistan to Dubai and Sharjah would no longer need to undergo pre-departure rapid antigen tests at the airport. Pakistan was named among the four countries by the UAE government for whom the rapid antigen restrictions have been lifted.
However, the passengers would still be required to submit their PCR reports, from the approved and designated test centres, of the tests conducted within the 48-hour window prior to departure. According to a spokesperson of the CAA, the 48-hour window will start from the time the sample is collected and submitted to the laboratory.
The passengers will, however, be checked for Covid-19 after landing in UAE and would continue to self isolate until their reports return. The travel advisory has also exempted children aged below 12 and people with moderate to severe disabilities from getting the PCR test done before travelling.