Entry into the emirate of Abu Dhabi is now permitted for UAE residents with negative Covid-19 results. The announcement was made by the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Committee which is tasked with combatting the virus in the capital, and in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Department of Health and Abu Dhabi Police.
It states that residents will be allowed to enter Abu Dhabi, provided that they present a negative coronavirus test that would have to be taken within the previous 48 hours. However, employees who are not based in Abu Dhabi are still not allowed to enter. According to the committee, the negative test results could either be shown to the police at the emirate’s border via the AlHosn tracing app or by presenting a text message sent by a hospital or screening center recognized by the UAE’s National Screening Programme.
Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Committee for the Covid-19 Pandemic, in collaboration with @DoHSocial and @ADPoliceHQ, announce that entering #AbuDhabi emirate is permitted for all those who have received negative test results within the previous 48 hours. pic.twitter.com/aFfoe6ZnUu
— مكتب أبوظبي الإعلامي (@admediaoffice) June 29, 2020
The authorities have also reminded residents and citizens to continue following the precautionary measures which include wearing masks, and ensuring that there are no more than the permitted number of people within vehicles. This announcement is the latest update on the easing of restrictions in relation to Abu Dhabi. A movement ban had been placed on the capital on June 5 as part of which entry and exit to and from Abu Dhabi had been prohibited. This ban was put in place to help the capital’s mass testing program and has outlasted the National Sterilization Programme which came to an end on June 24.
Meanwhile, in Dubai, residents planning on traveling abroad this summer will now have to seek the government’s approval before booking their flights. The permission must be taken from Dubai’s immigration service, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) prior to booking their return flights. If granted, they will then receive a reference number through which they can proceed to book flights online or with airline staff.