You can now enter Abu Dhabi if you’re covid-tested

By Eudore R. Chand

ABU DHABI 30 June 2020: The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Committee for the Covid -19 pandemic, in collaboration with the Department of Health and Abu Dhabi Police, have announced that entering Abu Dhabi emirate is permitted for all those who have received negative test results within the previous 48 hours.

Results must be shown via the AlHosn App or text message from any hospital or any screening centre in the UAE that is affiliated to the National Screening Programme. The movement of mail and all types of goods is exempted.

The public must continue to adhere to all precautionary measures, including wearing masks and observing physical distancing inside vehicles. Entry of non-Abu Dhabi-based workers is still prohibited, said Wam.

This follows continued positive outcomes in curbing the spread of Covid -19 in the emirate.

Covid-screening must for residents before return

UAE residents with valid residency visa permits who are currently out of the country must undergo a Covid 19 test and receive a negative result at least 72 hours before returning to the Emirates under new rules announced by the UAE government.

The regulations, which come into effect from July 1st mean travellers are not permitted to board a plane bound for the UAE without first getting confirmation that they are free of Covid 19.

The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) and the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) announced the new rules as part of ongoing efforts to tackle the Covid 19 pandemic and support the UAE’s strategy of gradually easing travel restrictions.

As part of the new regulations, the UAE government has issued a list of preconditions that need to be followed ahead of the approved return of foreign nationals with valid residence permits to the UAE.

Must undergo testing in an approved lab

Most importantly, those returning to the Emirates must undergo testing for Covid 19 in an approved lab. These can currently be found in around 106 cities in 17 countries around the world, with this number due to increase to 150 labs in 31 countries as the testing initiative is rolled out, NCEMA and ICA announced A list of these labs can be found by visiting the ICA’s website: Smartservice.ica.gov.ae Valid UAE visa-holders coming to the Emirates from countries that don’t have approved testing labs at this moment will be subjected to Covid 19 screening until such facilities become available, whereupon all screening conditions must be applied.

All returning residents must comply with 14-day isolation rules at home or in an isolation facility. In addition, they must bear all costs of tests and quarantine in the event that their private accommodation doesn’t meet required standards. Employers of foreign nationals with UAE visas should bear any such expenses whenever required.

Returning UAE residents are instructed to download one of the approved smart phone apps so health authorities can monitor their status and ensure the safety of the public.

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