MUSCAT: Apex Laboratory LLC has been selected by Pure Health, one of the largest laboratory networks in the UAE, to test airline passengers flying into the United Arab Emirates, in accordance with the UAE’s requirement for travellers to prove they are not infected with Covid-19. Pure Health has been appointed by the UAE’s government to launch this pioneering project to promote safe travel.
“We are delighted to support Pure Health in their efforts to control the Covid-19 pandemic and facilitate safe travel for passengers flying into the UAE. As one of the largest stand-alone diagnostic facilities centre in Oman, we are ideally placed to successfully deliver this ambitious initiative, and are grateful for the trust placed in us,” said Deepti Ruparel, Business Development Manager, Apex Laboratory.
Apex Laboratory has tied up with Badr Al Samaa Hospitals for sample collection from all their facilities across Oman. There are ten collection centers across Oman currently. The program is already up and running in Ruwi, Al Khuwair, Al Khoudh, Barka, Sohar, Falaj Al Qabil, Suwaiq, Nizwa, Sur and Salalah.
“The UAE government has trusted Pure Health with safeguarding it against the incoming covid-19 threats worldwide and this responsibility requires us to ensure that we only partner with verified and accredited facilities around the world. We have partnered with Apex Laboratory in Oman to ensure that the screening process is of the highest quality and to ensure an excellent customer service for the travellers” said Maria El Houari, International Passenger Screening Project Manager at Pure Health.
The UAE has issued regulations that require all travellers flying into the UAE to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test. Travellers without such a certificate are refused entry into the flight. The system is similar to the ESTA process in the United States. The traveller visits screening.purehealth.ae, chooses a testing location, selects a time slot, and completes the test at the agreed time and place. Test results are then transmitted to the UAE authorities, who use the data to cross-check arriving travellers against the border control database.