Entering Abu Dhabi starting Saturday, September 5 requires either a negative COVID-19 PCR test result or a negative DPI laser test result, not both, the emirate’s media office announced on Friday.
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Results will be accepted given the test was taken within 48 hours of entry into the UAE’s capital emirate. Authorities updated the requirements on Friday after having previously required a PCR test be taken prior to getting a DPI laser test in order to use the result for entry at the border.
The updated procedures are a part of the “efforts to expand testing and further strengthen preventative measures for early detection of COVID-19 infections,” according to Abu Dhabi Media Office.
Residents and visitors who enter and stay in the capital for six consecutive days or more will be required to take a PCR test on the sixth day of each visit, the statement also said.
In line with efforts to expand testing for the early detection of COVID-19 infections, Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has updated procedures for entering Abu Dhabi emirate. pic.twitter.com/2zmpn61ZFK— مكتب أبوظبي الإعلامي (@admediaoffice) September 4, 2020
Abu Dhabi first shut its land border to other emirates on June 2 in an effort to further control the spread of the virus. In July, authorities allowed entry under strict restrictions given individuals showed negative test results in order to be granted entry.
The Rapid laser DPI test at the border requires booking an appointment ahead of time, however, four other testing facilities were set up across the UAE including two in Dubai, one in Fujairah and one in Ras al-Khaimah.
Unlike the results of the PCR swab test offered in clinics and hospitals around the country, which take a minimum of 24 hours to come out, the rapid laser test produces results within five minutes.
People are urged to make an appointment for the laser tests through the SEHA app or via the Ghantoot website.