VFS Global launches Covid-19 testing service in UAE
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VFS Global launches Covid-19 testing service in UAE

VFS Global launches Covid-19 testing service in UAE

The testing service will commence from August 3, and is being offered in partnership with UAE Ministry of Health approved testing laboratories


VFS Global has launched the Covid-19 PCR and antibody testing service in the UAE, to extend a pre-departure testing solution as travel restrictions ease off.

The testing service will commence from August 3, and is being offered in partnership with UAE Ministry of Health approved and certified testing laboratories.

However, the Covid-19 Diagnostic PCR and Antibody testing service is open for all and is not limited to travellers. It can be availed by those exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms such as dry cough, difficulty in breathing, and high fever, as well as those who do not have any symptom but would like to get themselves tested.

The testing service will also facilitate the travel process and ease the pressure of on-arrival testing. Several countries have mandated all incoming passengers to present a negative Covid-19 test certificate, while others considering following suit.

While VFS Global provides an online appointment booking system, tests are conducted by medical professionals from approved and certified testing laboratories. The test reports are directly sent by the partnered laboratory to the registered email address of the individual within 24 hours, ensuring confidentiality.

Customers can have their test sample collected either at the partnered certified laboratory in Ajman, Dubai, or Sharjah, or at a location of choice within the UAE using the ‘At Your Doorstep’ service. A fast track service and a dedicated help desk is provided for VFS Global customers to reduce the waiting time.

Vinay Malhotra, regional group COO – South Asia, Middle East and North Africa, Americas, said: “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 travellers and by becoming a major risk-mitigator. Countries might even consider making this mandatory for all incoming travellers to ease the pressure of testing upon arrival.”

People who wish to apply for the testing service must:

1. Schedule an appointment online or by speaking to a call centre agent at +971 4 2055906

2. Provide Emirates ID and personal information before making payment using debit/credit card

3. Proceed to take the test as per the appointment date, time, and location

4. Receive the test result within 24 hours on the registered email address

Following its launch in the UAE, the visa outsourcing and technology services provider is now focusing on rolling-out the service in China, Egypt, India and Saudi Arabia in a phased manner.

However, a negative Covid-19 test result does not guarantee a positive visa decision, as the visa decision-making remains the exclusive discretion of the concerned government.

Customers are advised to check for latest travel advisories from local and intended destination’s healthcare authorities regarding any international travel.

Customers can book appointments at partnered testing laboratories from Sunday to Thursday between 9am to 6pm, and visit the website for general information.

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