Emirates requires travelers from PHL to present negative Covid-19 test results

As Dubai opens its borders to tourists, Emirates has required all Philippine-residents and those traveling from the Philippines to present a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test certificate showing negative of Covid-19 results.

In a statement, Emirates made a list of countries or airports of origin, including the Philippines, where passengers are required to present a certificate. It said that passengers from those countries or airports of origin must carry a negative PCR certificate issued by a local government approved laboratory to be accepted on the flight. If the UAE government has specified a designated laboratory in the country of origin, the passenger must get test certificate from that lab. Certificates must be issued no more than 96 hours before departure.

On top of the Philippines, other countries include:
  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Egypt
  • India
  • Iran
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Russian Federation
  • Sudan
  • Tanzania
  • USA - Dallas Fort Worth (DFW), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Orlando (MCO), including passengers originating from California, Florida and Texas connecting to an Emirates flight to Dubai.
While a PCR test is also available in Dubai upon arrival, passengers from those aforementioned countries are required to take the test and present a certificate prior to their flight on Emirates.

Other airlines and countries may tighten their belts on travelers from the Philippines

The Philippines presently has the highest number of active CoviD-19 cases as of this writing. It also ranks #15 in terms of most number of active cases in the world. The Philippines also has the fastest growth rate of cases in the Western Pacific Region.

If the situation does not ease down, other airlines may apply the same rules on passengers traveling from the Philippines. Moreso, countries may tighten their belts on Philippine carriers which may require stricter biosecurity measures on their passengers.

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