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UAE airlines make QR code in COVID-19 test report mandatory for passengers from more countries


Passengers at Passport Control area, Arrival, in Dubai International Airport, Terminal 1. In the revised travel update making QR code mandatory for passengers more countries, flydubai has added Pakistan, Egypt and Ethiopia along with India.
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Dubai: Two UAE airlines, flydubai and Air Arabia, have expanded the list of countries, passengers from which must present a QR code in pre-departure COVID-19 test reports.

A QR code (Quick Response code) is a type of matrix bar code that provides a link to a web page when scanned with a smartphone camera.

Emirates airline had previously mandated passengers from India and Pakistan to submit negative PCR test result which carry the QR code linked to the web page of the original report for verification. However, most other airlines in the UAE had only required passengers from India to produce the same.

In the revised travel update making QR code mandatory for passengers more countries, flydubai has added Pakistan, Egypt and Ethiopia along with India. “Effective from 00:01 (GMT+4) on 01 May 2021 passengers arriving in Dubai from Pakistan must be able to present a printed copy of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result in English or Arabic from a test taken at a certified lab (in the country from which they are travelling) no more than 72 hours before the departure of their inbound flight to Dubai. The test result MUST display a QR code,” the airline said on its website.

Similar advisories were posted for passengers from Egypt and Ethiopia, with the date of implementation of the rule mentioned as May 9. The requirement is also applicable to the categories of passengers who are exempted from the suspension…

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