Rapid PCR test at BIA for expatriates travelling to the UAE from today
Sat, Aug 14, 2021, 09:27 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Aug 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Foreign Employment Bureau announced on Saturday (14) that all Sri Lankan migrant workers leaving for employment in the United Arab Emirates must undergo a Rapid PCR Test at the Bandaranaike International Airport.
In view of facilitating the passengers travelling to United Arab Emirates (UAE), Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) (Private) Limited has established a Rapid PCR Testing Service facility at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) premises to conduct Rapid Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests for Covid-19.
The laboratory is operated by Asiri Laboratories and the service is available from 14th August 2021 to facilitate the passengers who are mandatorily required to carry a negative Rapid PCR report obtained within 04 hours prior to the scheduled departure to enter their destinations in the UAE.
Accordingly, those travelling to the UAE must report to the BIA 04 hours prior to departure to undergo the Rapid PCR test.
Also, passengers who wish to undergo Rapid PCR testing must bring their passport, National Identity Card and Air Ticket.
The test fee is Rs. 7,500 per person and can be paid at the airport sample collection point by credit card or bank transfer or cash before receiving the service.
After performing the Rapid PCR test, passengers are required to stay in a separate area. Once the test report of the person concerned is prepared they will be notified by a SMS to their mobile phone.
The passengers are required to obtain a certified copy of the test result at the testing site and in addition the report will be sent via WhatsApp to the passenger’s mobile phone number.
Meanwhile, if any passenger is found to be infected with Covid-19 during the testing, steps will be taken to isolate such passengers from the general public and the relevant areas and inform the relevant officials of the Ministry of Health for further action.
According to the decisions taken by the health departments of the United Arab Emirates, all persons should undergo Covid-19 tests before entering the country.