As per the announcement of the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis, and Disasters committee, there are new protocols that have to be followed when entering the emirate.
The updates in protocols are to be administered to aid in reducing the spread of the new strain of Covid-19.
Effective from February 1st, 2021, the new rules announced are below:
1. The PCR test is mandatory
All residents and citizens of the UAE must take a PCR test within 48 hours of entering the capital. All those who have a negative test result will then be permitted to enter the emirate.
Everyone who wishes to remain in the emirate for four days or more will have to take a second PCR test at the end of every four days being in the capital city. The day of arrival in Abu Dhabi is considered to be DAY 1.
2. DPI test
Entry into the emirate within 24 hours of receiving a negative DPI test is permitted. However, those staying for more than 48 hours after taking a DPI test will be required to take a PCR test on the third and seventh day of stay.
These are the main updated restrictions that you have to adhere to upon entry into Abu Dhabi. However, there are exemptions from the government for those who have taken the vaccine as part of the National vaccination program or the Clinical Trials. They must bring the receipt of the vaccination on the AlHosn App as proof for entry which should either show the letter E or a golden star of approval.
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