Covid-19 PCR Testing for Airline Passengers

Shifa International Hospital (Shifa Labs) offers a Fully Automated PCR testing facility at the main hospital premises (Sector: H-8/4, Islamabad) and across the country through its network of Lab Collection Points (Click to view the locations:


  • Most reliable laboratory technique recommended by WHO (World Health Organization) and currently is the gold standard for diagnosis of COVID-19
  • Fully Automated RT-PCR (Fast & Most Reliable)
  • Performed using FDA approved RT-PCR testing kits

List of Airlines & Countries (which accept RT-PCR Covid-19 Test by Shifa Labs)

Being an N.I.H (National Institute of Health) & Govt. of Pakistan’s approved lab, COVID-19 PCR from Shifa International Hospital is acceptable for airline passengers of following airlines for selected destinations except KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)

Note: Please contact your Airline Service, Travel Agent, or Visa Office for up to date information regarding the acceptance of COVID-19 test results by airlines and countries.

Airlines P.I.A

P.I.A accepts COVID-19 PCR from Shifa International Hospital for all countries and destinations except the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. For additional information on countries & destinations:

Airlines Airblue

COVID-19 PCR testing by Shifa International Hospital is accepted for Airblue passengers to Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al-Khaimah and selected countries (kindly contact your airline for information regarding acceptance of tests before testing) except KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)

Airlines Emirates

Emirates only accepts COVID 19 test results from a Pakistan Government Approved Lab where a QR Code is embedded on their printed report for verification purpose.
Shifa International Hospital Islamabad is an Approved lab by Govt. of Pakistan/ NIH for COVID-19 PCR testing
For further info:

Airlines Additional Airlines

Additional Airlines that Accept Shifa International COVID-19 Test Results are Mentioned Below for Airline Travel (for selected destinations except the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia);

Fly Dubai Fly Dubai Salam Air Salam Air Qatar Airways Qatar Airways
Kuwait Airways Kuwait Airways Iran Air Iran Air Gulf Air Gulf Air
Oman Air Oman Air Air Arabia Air Arabia Serene Air Serene Air
Virgin Atlantic Virgin Atlantic British Airways British Airways Call us for More Details

Instruction for Travellers:

  • The usual reporting time for COVID RT-PCR is 24 hours; keep this in mind so that you get your report before your flight
  • Please provide a copy of your flight ticket in its original form when you come for testing
  • Please bring your passport and a copy of your CNIC
  • Sign a consent form allowing Shifa International Hospitals to communicate your test results with your airline directly (as per the requirement)
  • Kindly Call and Confirm test eligibility for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • To view the locations of Lab Collection Points;
  • Please contact us at 0518464646 for further details.