Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proposed visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) next month has been postponed. People related to the incident gave this information on Wednesday. He said that the Prime Minister was scheduled to visit the strategically important Gulf country around January 6. People familiar with the matter said that in view of the increasing cases of Omicron form of Covid-19, the yatra has been postponed and now it can be done in February.
The cases of Omicron are increasing in both India and UAE. The visit was proposed against the backdrop of the two countries completing 50 years of their diplomatic ties next year. The world seems to be once again in the grip of Corona virus. The new variant is spreading rapidly in every country. Therefore, all countries are taking cautious steps. In this sequence, Dubai International Airport will now conduct random PCR test of passengers arriving on some flights.
Testing mandatory for Indian passengers
According to the new order, passengers coming from some countries like Brazil, India, Bangladesh, Russia and Pakistan will have to undergo mandatory testing. However, a Dubai Media Office spokesperson has confirmed that additional testing is also being done for passengers arriving on flights not in the screening list. Apart from this, passengers coming from Britain have also confirmed that they were tested at Dubai Airport on arrival. But the UK is not included in the list of countries in which PCR testing is mandatory.
Random PCR test can be done
Dubai Media said in a statement to Khaleej Times that the PCR test is mandatory for flights recorded on the Emirates website. According to the statement, as an additional precautionary measure, Dubai Airport may conduct random tests on the arrival of certain flights. All passengers arriving in Dubai from the UK are required to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test report, obtained a maximum of 72 hours prior to the flight.