The Abu Dhabi Emergency Crisis and Disasters Committee opened 18 new 24-hour DPI testing centers at the border area with Dubai to ease entry into the United Arab Emirates’ capital city, Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported on Saturday.
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“Abu Dhabi Emergency Crisis and Disasters Committee announced the establishment of 18 drive-through DPI testing stations on al-Faya Road before Ghantoot and approved to open new lanes at the entry points between Dubai and Abu Dhabi as part of efforts to enhance the flow of entry into the emirate,” according to WAM.
Al-Faya Road – also called E75 – is the road between Sheikh Zayed Road and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road.
New stations add to the network of testing centres in Abu Dhabi and other emirates to meet the screening needs of all visitors entering the emirate within 72 hours from receiving a negative test result.— مكتب أبوظبي الإعلامي (@admediaoffice) December 26, 2020
The move comes after several coronavirus restrictions were eased last week.
To enter Abu Dhabi, a negative PCR or DPI test must be valid for a maximum of 72 hours. Previously, a test had to be valid for a maximum of 48 hours.
Individuals entering the capital are now required to take only one test on the sixth day after entering Abu Dhabi.
Previously, authorities had required people to take two tests, on the fourth and eighth day after they entered the city.
Following the successes achieved by implementing the precautionary measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 and maintaining a low rate of confirmed cases, Abu Dhabi will welcome back international tourists from 24 December 2020. pic.twitter.com/Oq7X9qH8BF— مكتب أبوظبي الإعلامي (@admediaoffice) December 22, 2020
Abu Dhabi also began welcoming back international tourists on December 24 “following the successes achieved by implementing the precautionary measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 and maintaining a low rate of confirmed cases,” the emirates’ media office said.