- SpiceJet starts COVID-19 facilitation in India and UAE for its passengers
- SpiceJet has joined hands with VFS Global in UAE to offer this service
- COVID-19 test in India will be in accordance with the prices regulated by the government
The Indian air carrier, SpiceJet, has started facilitating the COVID-19 tests for its passengers in both India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with the help of VFS Global as per the press release issued by the airline on Tuesday.
The press release said, “As the COVID-19 negative test report has become mandatory for passengers, especially for international travel, there are rising apprehensions among travellers regarding the entire process of complying with various pre-travel requirements,”.
Passengers will be able to submit their samples at a “location of choice”, which will include at home, using the “At your Doorstep” service, SpiceJet said.
The airline added that the appointment booking service for testing is being offered by VFS Global.
The test reports will be sent by the associated laboratory to the registered email address of the individual passenger in a time span of 24 to 60 hours, which will ensure the confidentiality of the result, said the release.
The release also said that the passengers in India can visit any (Indian Council of Medical Research) ICMR-approved laboratory in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jalandhar, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Pune to give the samples.
The press release said that the COVID-19 test fees in India will be in-line with the regulated prices set by the local government bodies and the same rates will apply for children and adults.
The press release said, “Passengers travelling from the UAE may submit their test samples at the partnered certified laboratory in Ajman, Abu Dhabi, Dubai or Sharjah or at a location of choice within the UAE. The test prices will start as low as AED 160 for both children and adults,”.
The scheduled international flights in India were suspended and remains suspended since 23rd of March, the date since when the nationwide lockdown was imposed to contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus.
However, a lot many special international passenger flights were operated in the country under the Vande Bharat Mission since May. In addition to the several international flights were also operated under bilateral air bubble arrangements formed with other countries, which started from July.
The scheduled domestic passengers’ flights again started taking off in India from the 25th of May, after a 2-month long gap owing to the lockdown imposed to contain the deadly COVID-19.