The UAE has expanded the approval of COVID-19 tests to include all laboratories accredited by governments from around the world, confirmed the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority and The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship on Tuesday.

Previously, the list of testing facilities was more limited, but now with the new guidelines, travelers may obtain a COVID-19 test at any registered lab or clinic in the country of origin from before entering the UAE.

On Monday, Emirates airline had announced the relaxed guideline that all passengers Dubai must present a negative COVID-19 test that has been taken within the past 96 hours. This includes tourists, residents and citizens, as well as those transiting through the airport.

In India alone, there are now 1,180 recognized government and private laboratories under the relaxed regulations. For travelers from the UK and the US, a test may be taken at any registered clinic or lab.