Two major airports in India, Mumbai and Hyderabad are ready to deal with passengers travelling to the United Arab Emirates when flight restrictions are lifted later this month.

The decision comes after the UAE announced new rules for travel and stated that all passengers will have to undergo a rapid PCR test 4 hours before flight departure.

Mumbai Airport

Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) has PCR testing facilities that can give results in just 13 minutes.

CSMIA spokesperson said, "We have been upgrading the facilities at our end for the convenience of the passengers,"

The major reason behind the delay in opening flights from India to UAE is the lack of adequate PCR-testing facilities at Indian airports.

The Gulf country was aiming to allow UAE residents stuck in India on June 23, and one of the requirements for travel was a rapid PCR test four hours before departure.

CSMIA spokesperson "We also have a lab right inside the airport to help the passengers get the report at the earliest, We already have the facilities at the departures as well as the arrivals and we have ample counters to meet requirements."

Hyderabad Airport

An airport spokesperson said Hyderabad airport is "fully equipped" to handle the new requirements for entry into the UAE. The airport has partnered with Mapmygenome, an ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research), and NABL (National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories) certified lab for COVID-19 testing. The laboratory operates 24/7 for passengers and airport personnel.
 
"As per the airlines operating to UAE, they are still awaiting clarity from health authorities of UAE for reopening of travel between India-UAE, The opening will depend upon the UAE government’s clearance."

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