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Covid-19 in Abu Dhabi: New Requirements to Enter the Emirate Announced

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center, Abu Dhabi.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center, Abu Dhabi. Photo: Unsplash

Abu Dhabi has announced an update on its Covid-19 related travel regulations for both residents and tourists. The new guidelines have been updated by the Abu Dhabi Crisis, Emergency, and Disasters Committee, and will be effective from November 8. They state that individuals who are staying in the emirate for more than four days must undergo a Covid-19 PCR test on their fourth day of stay, as well as producing a negative PCR certificate upon arrival.

Residents and visitors entering Abu Dhabi must now participate in two re-tests upon arriving in the city, on their fourth day of stay and additionally on their eighth day in the emirate, with day of the entry being counted as the day one of stay. This is a change from the previous regulations which only required a re-test on the sixth day of stay in Abu Dhabi.

Entry for any individual to the UAE capital must be within 48 hours of receiving a negative PCR, nasal swab test, or a DPI, blood test, coronavirus result. However, the re-tests on the fourth and eighth day of stay are required to be PCR Covid-19 tests only. Those who do not partake in the required testing on day four and day eight of their stay in Abu Dhabi will be subject to monetary fines.

Residents and visitors who enter Abu Dhabi from 8 Nov and stay for 4 or more consecutive days must take a PCR test on the 4th day of entry. If they stay for 8 or more consecutive days, they must take another PCR test on the 8th day. Day 1 is counted from the day of entry,” stated the Abu Dhabi Media Office. “Entry must be within 48 hours of receiving a negative PCR or DPI test result. The current PCR test on Day 6 will not be required for entries from 8 Nov.”

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