COVID-19: Home testing now available for Dubai fliers

by Maruf Adedeji

Dubai residents flying out can now have their COVID-19 test done at home ahead of check-in and obtain a medical certificate 24-48 hours before their flights.

DNATA, the baggage technology and logistic firm, has introduced the ‘DUBZ’ home testing check in service in partnership with Mediclinic Middle East.

The home-testing initiative being part of check-in for air travellers comes as the UAE eases travel restrictions in a bid to restart the tourism industry.

Customers who book the test are visited by a team of medical professionals who perform a swab test on passengers ahead of home check-in.

After booking the service of Mediclinic Middle East, a medical team will visit the home of the customer to collect sample.

Other services include testing the samples at a medical laboratory, sharing the results digitally and issuing a medical certificate to those who test negative.

Agents from DUBZ also check in travellers during home check-in, print boarding passes, weigh and tag luggage, see to the luggage delivery at the airport and loading them onto the aircraft.

DUBZ also offers other services in their home check-in package, such as baggage disinfection and airport priority pass.

At the airport, DUBZ customers are met by marhaba’s meet and greet agents who fast-track them through immigration.

Each marhaba agents wears gloves and a mask, and abides by social distancing guidelines while assisting passengers at the airport.

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