Covid-19 PCR and antibody testing service has been launched in the UAE by VFS Global to meet the rise in demand. This is a partnership with the UAE Ministry of Health approved and certified testing laboratories. After the launch in UAE, VFS Global is now looking into a phased manner launch of the service in India, China, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia. Since travel restrictions ease and borders are being gradually reopened, a catalyst solution for the recovery process of international travel will be a convenient and reliable pre-departure Covid-19 testing. Also, an assurance to destinations countries, airlines, and travelers, and by becoming a major risk-mitigator, can be provided. In some countries, this has become mandatory equipment and many other countries are considering the implementation of the same for all incoming visitors to avoid the pressure of testing on arrival.
How does the Covid-19 PCR and Antibody testing service work
VFS Global provides an online appointment booking system, trained medical professionals from approved and certified testing laboratories will conduct the tests. Within 24 hours and ensuring confidentiality, the partnered laboratory sends the test reports directly to the registered email address. Also, test samples can be collected either at the partnered certified laboratory in Ajman, Dubai, or Sharjah or at any location of choice within UAE using the ‘At Your Doorstep’ service. This testing service is open for all and is not limited to travelers. Anyone exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms such as dry cough, high fever, and difficulty in breathing, or even those who do not have symptom but would prefer to get tested can avail this service.
The Regional Group COO of South Asia, Middle East & North Africa, and America, Vinay Malhotra, stated: “We believe a convenient and reliable pre-departure COVID-19 testing solution can become a catalyst in the recovery process of international travel by providing an assurance to destination countries, airlines, and travelers and by becoming a major risk-mitigator. Countries might even consider making this mandatory for all incoming travelers to ease the pressure of testing upon arrival.”
Application steps for the testing service
Steps for the application of the Covid-19 Diagnostic PCR and Antibody testing service:
Booking an appointment either online or by contacting the call center agent at the number +971 42055906
To provide Emirates ID and other personal details before proceeding with payment using Debit or Credit card.
Take the test on the appointed date, time, and location.
Within 24 hours check the test results on the registered email address.