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UAE-bound Pinoys need to test negative first for coronavirus

Jojo Dass
Those flying to the UAE are urged to contact the UAE embassy in their home country for the list of approved COVID-19 test laboratories

Filipinos flying to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for work, personal visits, or as transfer or transit passengers must first be certified negative for COVID-19 prior to their departure.

The move is part of the UAE’s efforts to slowly reopen the economy, albeit with extreme caution to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. New cases have been on the decline following around 3 months of anti-COVID measures, including city-wide quarantines.

“Please be advised that an updated travel advisory received from Dubai COVID-19 Command and Control Center states that all arriving, transfer, and transit passengers from the…listed countries are required to carry out COVID-19 test prior to their departure from the country of origin,” announced the Dubai Airports Aviation Business Management Team (ABMT). 

“Only passengers with a negative COVID-19 certificate shall be accepted by the airline.”

Those flying to the UAE were urged to contact the UAE embassy in their home country for the list of approved COVID-19 test laboratories.

Passengers arriving at Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC) will also have to undergo another COVID-19 test as part of the protocol.

If required to undergo quarantine, passengers will also have to fill up a quarantine undertaking form. 

Nationals affected by the protocol come from the following countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, the Russian Federation, Sudan, Tanzania, Turkey, and the United States. The list is subject to change based on updates from the World Health Organization (WHO).

According to the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), the number of new COVID-19 infections in the UAE has gone down from 700 on July 4 to 344 on July 13. As of July 13, there are a total of 55,198 coronavirus cases with 334 fatalities.

The Philippines, meanwhile, has been experiencing a surge in the number of COVID-19 infections. As of July 13, it has recorded 836 new cases, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 57,006, including 1,599 deaths and 20,371 recoveries. – Rappler.com