Update: Starting from the 8th of November 2020 requirements for entering Abu Dhabi will change.
All residents and citizens entering the nations capital starting from the 8th are required to produce a negative COVID-19 PCR or DPI result from the previous 48 hours to enter Abu Dhabi.
After entering the capital, a second test is required after four days in the Emirate and a third test needs to be taken on the eighth day in Abu Dhabi.
Those who do not undergo a test on the fourth and eighth day in Abu Dhabi will incur fines.
To enhance preventative measures for the early detection of COVID-19, the Abu Dhabi Crisis, Emergency and Disasters Committee has updated the requirements to enter the emirate. pic.twitter.com/MXyyiGwYzN
— مكتب أبوظبي الإعلامي (@admediaoffice) November 4, 2020
Abu Dhabi has recently updated their travel laws allowing residents to take 48-hour trips outside the emirate. Motorists must be tested in the city before they leave and take their results with them. Previously, residents could leave Abu Dhabi but had to be screened before returning, at a clinic in Dubai or the Northern Emirates, to prove they were COVID-free.
Police at the border must check text message confirmation from testing centers or the government’s Al Hosn tracing app to ensure all drivers and any passengers are negative. “Those leaving Abu Dhabi for short periods may visit a screening center in the emirate to conduct a Covid-19 test before departing and present the result on return,” Abu Dhabi Government Media Office said. Commuters traveling into Abu Dhabi from other emirates must still be tested before they arrive at the border.
The presentation of a negative test result replaces a permit system that could be used only in exceptional circumstances. Anyone crossing the border, such as those on Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Ain Road, will be stopped at police checkpoints. The system is not intended for daily commuting but allows for necessary travel.
“People who ordinarily commute daily to Abu Dhabi are advised to reduce or limit their movement during this time, in order to protect themselves and their families from the risk of infection,” the government’s media office said last week.
Are there any exceptions?
- Vehicles transporting goods and mail vans are exempt from the rule.
- Employees not based in Abu Dhabi are still prohibited from entering the emirate.
- People with medical appointments for cancer or kidney-related treatment do not need a Covid-19 test to enter Abu Dhabi.
- Children under 12 are also exempt.