Dubai Tourism, Others Unveil COVID-19 Testing Locations, Portal for Travellers

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JUSTINA OKPANKU reports on the COVID-19 protocols announced by the Dubai Tourism for tourists, especially Nigerians, who plan to visit the United Arab Emirates 

Against the backdrop of the re-opening of borders across the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Emirates had started welcoming tourists from July 7, 2020. Some COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted. Dubai Tourism has therefore updated list of accepted COVID-19 test centres open to travellers from Nigeria.

Meanwhile, coming into Nigeria, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has also opened a travel portal for travellers who wish to carry out the COVID-19 test to book for a date. It is gathered that the new step is aimed towards combating the spread of the Coronavirus disease.

Against the backdrop of the re-opening of borders across the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Emirates had started welcoming tourists from July 7, 2020. Some COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted. Dubai Tourism has therefore updated list of accepted COVID-19 test centres open to travellers from Nigeria.

Meanwhile, coming into Nigeria, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has also opened a travel portal for travellers who wish to carry out the COVID-19 test to book for a date. It is gathered that the new step is aimed towards combating the spread of the Coronavirus disease.

In a statement, Stella Ibiene Obinwa, Dubai Tourism and Commerce Board said, “We share updates on post-COVID Dubai: A List of Covistamet from d-19 Screening locations around Dubai for travellers that must test to return to their countries. You will also see what to expect, safety measures adding that “The new normal has great opportunities.” Included is a list of hotels that offer to test for in-house guests, Drive through Centres, hospitals, and clinics offering home services.

No fewer than 18 hotels are designated points for the test. The hotels include Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre, Voco Dubai and Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City. Others include V Hotel Dubai, Curio Collection by Hilton, Habtoor Palace Dubai, LXR Hotels & Resorts, The H Dubai, The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre, Five Palm Jumeirah Hotel, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, and Hilton Dubai The Walk.

The hotels offer testing through a partnership with medical centres for in-house guests only. Prices may vary, and the PCR swab test start at $100. Laser testing available for 15$ at the centres is not yet accepted for travel at Dubai Airport. “The list is regularly updated, this is not a final list of all available testing centres, contact your travel agent to find out the closest testing centre new to you. The list is regularly updated, this is not a final list of all available testing centres, contact your travel agent to find out the closest testing centre to you.”

All travellers arriving in Nigeria, meanwhile, mustered have tested negative for COVID-19 by PCR in a country of departure pre-boarding. The PCR test MUST be within 96 hours before departure and preferably within72 hours pre-boarding.

According to NCDC, “For certain countries, COVID-19 PCR tests will only be accepted from specified laboratories; Tests done more than 96 hours before departure are not valid and persons will not be allowed to board; but for the 72 hours minimum, this is advisory and will not preclude boarding. All intending passengers are required to register via an online national payment portal (Nigeria International Travel Portal – http://nitp.ncdc.gov.ng) and pay for a second (PCR) test done upon arrival in Nigeria.”

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September 11, 2020

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