Travelers departing from Delhi International Airport in India will soon be able to get a COVID-19 test prior to departure.

The company in charge of testing for arriving passengers – Genestrings Diagnostic Center – announced its facility at the Delhi Airport will be extended to serve air travelers leaving India to other countries.

"The facility has now been extended to air travellers leaving India for other countries. Notably, international travel rules require passengers travelling from one country to another to produce COVID negative reports," a press release by Genestrings said.

The lab results for the RT-PCR tests will be ready within 4-6 hours, with the company advising travelers to arrive at the airport 7-8 hours before their scheduled departure.

While domestic flights have resumed since May 25, regularly scheduled international flights have been suspended since late March due to the lockdowns in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, special flights have been conducted as part of bilateral air travel bubbles with select countries to help repatriate foreign citizens and for Indians to return home.

Since mid-September, Genestrings in collaboration with the Delhi Airport have used a multi-level car parking area at the airport's Terminal 3 to conduct COVID-19 testing for arriving passengers.


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