The Airports That Now Offer COVID-19 Testing

From Dubai to Tokyo, these international airports now offer passengers on-site tests to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Photo: Singapore Changi Airport

Dubai International Airport

Emirates is the first airline to conduct on-site rapid COVID-19 tests. Partnering with Dubai Health Authority (DHA), the Gulf carrier kicked off the testing on its April 15 flight to Tunisia. Conducted by DHA, the quick blood tests are done at the group check-in area of Dubai International Airport Terminal 3, with results available within 10 minutes.

Tokyo Narita Airport

Japan’s Tokyo Narita Airport has started on-site COVID-19 tests for arriving passengers from severely affected destinations like the United States and Italy. According to media reports, test results are available anywhere within six hours to two days. And because travelers undergoing the test aren’t allowed to take public transport, they have to stay in the airport to await test results unless they have an arranged pick-up. In the meantime, the airport offers beds made of heavy-duty cardboard, mattress, and a quilt for those who have to stay and wait.

Singapore Changi Airport

As of March 4, those entering Singapore and exhibiting a fever or other symptoms of respiratory illness but do not meet the clinical suspect case definition for COVID-19 may be required to undergo a swab test for the disease at immigration checkpoints, said the Ministry of Health in a statement. Currently, all short-term visitors from anywhere in the world will not be allowed to enter or transit through the city-state. The only exception is for work pass holders, including their dependents, or for those providing essential services, such as in healthcare and transport.

Hong Kong International Airport

All travelers arriving at Hong Kong International Airport now have to undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing. Those flying in from high-risk destinations will be given tests that produce results in eight hours. As such, they’ll have to wait at a temporary testing facility in an exhibition hall near the airport. Travelers arriving from lower-risk countries will receive a different test that may take days to produce results. While they don’t have to stay at the airport, they’ll be given a tracking wristband to ensure that they self-isolate.

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