A negative COVID-19 test is required to get into Abu Dhabi. The imposed new type of testing – laser DPI test service has made the procedure more effective and simpler including the timing and logistics.
The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis & Disasters Committee for COVID-19 Pandemic and the Department of Health — Abu Dhabi have decided to open more DPI testing facilities across the emirates.
Dubai – Mina Rashed and Al Khawaneej;
Al-Ain – Al Hili and Al Hili Wedding Hall;
Abu Dhabi – Zayed Sports City, Corniche and Laser Centre Ghantoot;
Northern Emirates – Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club, Emirates Hospitality Centre – Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah.
The operating hours
• Abu Dhabi and Al Ain testing centers work from 08:00 AM to 08:00 PM Sunday to Thursday (except for the 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM center in Al Hili Wedding Hall that’s open seven days a week);
• Centres in Ghantoot and Emirates Hospitality Centre, Ajman are open 24 hours;
• Northern Emirate testing centers (excluding the one above) are open seven days a week, from 10:00 AM to 08:00 PM.
Tests must be booked in advance through Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) app, which is available from both Apple and Google Play stores. For locations operated by Tamouh Healthcare, you can book through the individual Quantlase Lab websites for Ghantoot, Al Hili Wedding Hall, or Ajman.
The available DPI lasers, or “diffractive phase interferometry” lasers are capable of measuring minute discrepancies in size. They’re being used in this application to scan for inflammation of blood cells, which is a tell-tale sign of viral infection. The results are ready in 5 minutes and valid for 48 hours but only used to cross the border.
Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2, also known as COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus which is causing illness in humans and animals. Most people infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus will feel mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without any special treatment. Older people, as well as those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, cancer or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness, and require immediate assistance. Novel Coronavirus was first identified in a cluster with pneumonia symptoms in Wuhan city, Hubei province of China, quickly spreading around the world. On early March 2020, the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic had officially started, becoming the defining global health crisis of our time. Today, it is the greatest challenge people have faced since World War II, worsened by subsequent lockdowns of whole countries, collapse of entire industries, and a major economic recession.