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Want to enter Abu Dhabi? Here is all you need to know

Anjana Sankar /Abu Dhabi Filed on June 29, 2020 | Last updated on June 29, 2020 at 07.26 pm
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Residents and visitors need a Covid-negative test result to enter Abu Dhabi.

The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Committee announced on Monday that residents and visitors need a Covid-negative test result to enter Abu Dhabi. The emirate had imposed movement restrictions on June 2 to ensure mass Covid-19 testing in order to contain the spread of the virus. Movement to and from the emirate and between its regions was not allowed without a permit. Last week, the restrictions were partially lifted, with residents being allowed to move between the regions (Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafra). Residents were also allowed to travel out of Abu Dhabi, but were required to get a permit to enter back.

Q: Where can I take the Covid-19 test?
Covid-19 test can be done at any of the government health centres, drive-in Covid testing facilities or at private hospitals affiliated to the National Screening Programme and offering the facility.

Q: How can I book an appointment for a Covid-19 test?
Citizens and residents can book an appointment through the SEHA hotline 800 1717 or alternatively through the SEHA smartphone app to test at the drive-through centres across the country. In Dubai, people can call the DHA helpline at 800342 to book appointments. They can also call private healthcare facilities and book a test.

Q: When should I take the Covid-19 test to be able to enter Abu Dhabi?
Residents should have received the test results in 48 hours prior to their visit.

Q: How long does it take to get the test results?
It takes 24 to 48 hours to get the test results in most facilities across the country.

Q: What are the documents required for getting a Covid-19 test done?
If you want to get a coronavirus test in Dubai you need to carry your emirates ID, or passport and visa copy.

Q: How much does it cost to do a Covid-19 test?
Most healthcare centres charge Dh350 to do a PCR test. Select categories like UAE citizens, pregnant women, residents above 50 and people of determination will be tested for free by the government health authorities.

Q: What kind of Covid-19 test should I do to be able to enter Abu Dhabi?
Residents should do a PCR test, the result of which is linked to AlHosn app or get it as a text message from any hospital or screening centre in the UAE affiliated to the National Screening Programme.

Q: Do I need a permit in addition to the Covid-19 negative result to enter Abu Dhabi?
It is not clear whether residents have to obtain a permit if they have a Covid-19 negative test result.


Anjana Sankar

Anjana Sankar is a UAE-based journalist chasing global stories of conflict, migration and human rights. She has reported from the frontlines of the wars in Yemen and Syria and has extensively written on the refugee crisis in Bangladesh, Iraq and Europe. From interviewing Daesh militants to embedding with the UAE army in Yemen, and covering earthquakes, floods, terrorist attacks and elections, she has come out scathe-free from the most dangerous conflict zones of the world. Riding on over 14 years of experience, Anjana currently is an Assistant Editor with Khaleej Times and leads the reporting team. She often speaks about women empowerment on her Facebook page that has 40,000 plus followers.

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