Kochi airport launches Rapid PCR testing facility for passengers, results to be out in 30 minutes

The facility has the capacity to test 200 persons in one hour

Published: 28th June 2021 07:54 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th June 2021 10:04 PM   |  A+A-

CIAL Managing Director S Suhas reviews the Rapid-PCR testing centre set up at Terminal-3 (Photo | Special arrangement)

By Express News Service

KOCHI: The Cochin International Airport (CIAL) has set up a Rapid PCR testing facility for passengers visiting the UAE following an advisory by the Dubai Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management that a COVID-negative certificate obtained before 48 hours of the journey is mandatory to travel to the Gulf country.

A press communique released on June 19, announcing an update on Dubai’s travel protocol by the Dubai Supreme Committee, mandated a Rapid PCR negative certificate for passengers travelling from India to Dubai. It stated that passengers must have a Rapid PCR negative certificate taken within 48 hours before departure.

However, the updated protocol instructed that passengers to Dubai from India must take a Rapid PCR test within four hours before the flight departure. CIAL has installed the facility in collaboration with Sandor Medicaid Pvt. Ltd, selected by Kerala Medical Services Corporation Ltd for the Rapid PCR tests.

The facility has the capacity to test 200 persons in one hour. The result will be available in 30 minutes. Further details on this new testing system will be announced by the authorities concerned. CIAL has also kept ready the facility for doing antigen tests on other passengers travelling abroad if the need arises.

As per the Dubai travel protocol, even after taking a normal RT-PCR and Rapid PCR, the passenger has to undergo a PCR test on arrival at Dubai Airport and should observe institutional quarantine until they receive their test results, which are expected within 24 hours. Outbound passengers from India should have received two doses of a vaccine approved by UAE authorities.

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  • R. U. K. Menon

    What is the cost of Covid testing at the Kochi airport? The public needs to know this
    2 months ago reply
    • rakesh

      it's free for passengers. i did it during my arrival
      1 month ago reply
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