The earliest possible appointment for a rapid COVID-19 laser test that allows people to enter Abu Dhabi on the border without organizing a test elsewhere is on Sunday, August 23, according to the testing center’s website.
A screengrab from the Ghantoot website showing a lack of options to book an appointment on August 21, 2020. The earliest available slot, as of August 3, was 00.30 on August 23, 2020. (Screengrab)
Only available for UAE residents, not tourists
Drive-thru testing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a screening centre in Abu Dhabi. (File photo: Reuters)
Al-Reyami also told the news outlet that the requirement to book a test was waived for families over the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha, which took place from July 31 to August 2.
Due to high demand for the laser-based DPI screening to enter #AbuDhabi, the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis & Disasters Committee approved a new process in which the service provider will only offer screening based on pre-booked appointments via the website: https://t.co/DWhcq3yVl0 pic.twitter.com/mvekfq5l3M— مكتب أبوظبي الإعلامي (@admediaoffice) July 15, 2020