With the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) issuing fresh guidelines for Dubai-bound passengers starting with immediate effect, the hospitals here are scrambling to generate a QR code linking it to the patients’ original RT-PCR test report. Till the hospitals figure a way to comply, it will be difficult for passengers to fly to Dubai.
Indian carrier Air India Express (AIE) has already advised passengers that copies of COVID-19 RT-PCR test reports submitted by Dubai-bound passengers from India must have a QR code linking to their original test report. AIE also stated the time of sample collection (date and time of sample collection) and sample reporting (date and time of test result) must be mentioned accurately.
ICMR approved hospitals here were all at sea regarding this new rule, when TOI contacted them. Hospital managements said they were in talks with their IT department for generating a QR code.
“We are not sure what needs to be incorporated into the QR code- SRF ID; name of the passenger is a given. What other details need to be in the QR code and can it be incorporated into it, is an issue we are looking into it,” said a spokesperson from KS Hegde Medical Academy.
KMC Hospitals spokesperson here said it would require at least 24-48 hours incorporating QR code for the RT-PCR reports initially.
“Once we figure out the modalities involved, then the report can be given simultaneously along with QR code. We are also new to this, hence will take time at the first instance,” the spokesperson added. Covid test lab head at Government Wenlock Hospital said ICMR will have to generate the QR code and they will inform them through higher up.
Meanwhile, two carriers – Indigo and Jet Airways – who also operate the Dubai flights said they had not got the QR code circular from their office.
On Thursday, AIE had a flight to Sharjah and the QR code circular does not apply to that Emirate. Indigo and Spicejet had a flight each to Dubai on Thursday and the passengers were allowed to fly based on previous guidelines.
The previous guidelines which came into effect from January 31, states that residents and tourists, barring UAE nationals, must present a valid negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure.
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