Abu Dhabi Emergency and Crisis Committee to confront the Covid-19 pandemic announced, on Wednesday, new requirements for entering the emirate.
Effective Sunday, November 8, all UAE citizens and expatriates, including residents returning from Abu Dhabi, must enter the emirate within 48 hours of receiving the result of a negative polymerase series laser test or refractometer.
If they stay for more than four days, then they should have a mandatory PCR test on the fourth day. Arrival day is counted as the first day. If they stay for more than eight days, they should have another PCR test on the eighth day.
The new requirements supersede the previous rule announced on September 4, in which the mandatory PCR test must be performed on the sixth day.
And the Abu Dhabi Government Media Office wrote in a tweet on Twitter: "Those who fail to take the PCR tests on the fourth and eighth days will incur fines."
Requirements are explained
The media office explained the new requirements with this example: “If you enter Abu Dhabi on Sunday (the first day), and stay for four days or more, the PCR test is mandatory on Wednesday (the fourth day). If you stay for eight days or more, the PCR test is mandatory. Wednesday (the fourth day) and the following Sunday (the eighth day).
The move was taken to "strengthen preventive measures for early detection of Covid-19".
The PCR test in the country costs between 150 and 250 dirhams, while a DPI test is 50 dirhams.
Covid-19 vaccine trials volunteers and those receiving the vaccine under the Emergency Use Program are exempt from these procedures and authorized to use emergency vehicle aisles for a smooth ride.
Restrictions have been imposed on entering the United Arab Emirates' capital since June 2 to ensure mass testing for Covid-19 and contain the spread of the virus.
Covid-19 testing was recently extended door-to-door to densely populated areas of Abu Dhabi.
The UAE has been advocating for mass testing to stop the spread of the virus. To date, more than 13.5 million tests have been performed.