UAE: New requirements for entering Abu Dhabi

One of Abu Dhabi police's checkpoint in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Picture courtesy: Abu Dhabi Police.
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The Abu Dhabi Emergency Crisis and Disasters Committee for Covid-19 Pandemic on Wednesday announced new requirements for entering the emirate.

Starting Sunday, November 8, all UAE citizens and expats, including returning Abu Dhabi residents, must enter the emirate within 48 hours of receiving a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or diffractive phase interferometry (DPI) laser test result.

If they stay on for more than four days, they must mandatorily take a PCR test on the fourth day. The day of arrival is counted as the first day. If they stay for more than eight days, they must take another PCR test on the eighth day.

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The new requirements nullify the earlier rule announced on September 4, where a mandatory PCR test had to be taken on the sixth day.

“Those failing to take the PCR tests on day 4 and 8 are liable for fines,” the Abu Dhabi Government Media Office tweeted.

Volunteers of the Covid-19 vaccine trials and those taking the jab under the emergency use programme are exempted from these measures and are authorised to use emergency vehicle lanes for a smooth journey.

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