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UAE finally approves RT-PCR labs at HSIA

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 30 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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UAE finally approves RT-PCR labs at HSIA

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has finally approved the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) of six companies which have installed RT-PCR labs at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) to carry out much-anticipated coronavirus test for the Gulf State-bound air passengers.

The approval came into effect at 12pm on Wednesday, said HSIA Director Group Captain AHM Touhid-ul Ahsan.

According to sources at the HSIA, the UAE Embassy in Dhaka sent a letter to Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) Chairman Air Vice Marshal M Mofidur Rahman on Wednesday afternoon.

According to the letter, the UAE Embassy in Dhaka has been informed by the UAE Civil Aviation Authority that corona tests for the UAE-bound passengers at RT-PCR labs at HSIA have been approved.

A request has been made in the letter to start flights from Bangladesh to the UAE.

Each passenger will have to pay Tk 1,600 for taking the coronavirus test.

Meanwhile, a flight carrying 10 passengers who underwent coronavirus test at the HSIA left for the UAE at 7:00pm.

Another flight with 50 more passengers was due to depart for the Gulf State at 1:00am on Thursday.

The UAE in last August made it mandatory for the passengers intending to go to the Gulf State to face an RT-PCR test for coronavirus six hours before their departure. Consequently, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at a Cabinet meeting on September 6 instructed the authorities concerned to ensure RT-PCR test facilities at the international airports of the country.

The Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment on September 15 approved seven private companies to set up RT-PCR labs at HSIA following recommendations made by a high-level technical committee and asked the companies to submit SOPs.

Six of the companies submitted their SOPs which were sent to the UAE for approval.

Meanwhile, UAE-bound expatriate workers have staged demonstrations, submitted memorandums and held different programmes demanding that RT-PCR laboratories be set up in the country’s international airports.