Original Article 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.
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
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.