QT-Online / Wednesday, August 12, 2020 / Categories: Top News COVID-19 PCR test from ICMR-approved labs valid to fly on Qatar Airways from India Tribune News Network Doha COVID-19-free certificate from any government-accredited laboratory will be accepted for people in India to fly on Qatar Airways, the Doha-based carrier has announced. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has listed more than 600 laboratories that perform the real-time RT-PCR test, the TrueNat test, and the CBNAAT test for COVID-19 across the country. A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test is mandatory for passengers flying on Qatar Airways from 12 countries, including India. Passengers flying from these countries will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result issued within 72 hours prior to their flight departure. On its web page listing approved laborataries across the world, Qatar Airways said, "Only RT-PCR tests results will be accepted from any of the ICMR approved list as per (the) link. Passengers to select “LIST OF COVID-19 TESTING GOVT & PVT LABS” link to review latest approved labs." While Qatar has started to gradually reopen its borders to foreigners, it has not included India in its list of "low-risk" countries from where it said it would allow inbound flights. However, Qatar has announced that Qatar residency cardholders abroad could apply for an exceptional entry permit to get into the country from August 1. Previous Article PM directs ministries, state agencies to cut red tape and expedite digitisation in Qatar Next Article Section of Doha Expressway to be closed for nine hours to install pedestrian bridge Print 7189 Rate this article: 3.9 Please login or register to post comments.