PCR Test For Residents And Quarantine For International Travellers

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You have to do the Covid-19 PCR test six days after entering Abu Dhabi for inter-city motorists and international travellers must quarantine for 14 days.

The border rules to enter Abu Dhabi have been constantly under revision to align with the preventive measures the authorities have in place to avoid the spread of the virus. As of now, you can enter Abu Dhabi from other emirates with a negative PCR or a DPI test result that has been taken prior to 48 hours of the travel. However, the PCR test will need to be taken again should the traveller stay in Abu Dhabi for more than 6 days.

Stating why the PCR test is required on the sixth day, Abu Dhabi Media Office said in the tweet: ‘According to scientific studies, the probability of detecting the virus is high halfway through the incubation period of an infected person. This measure aims at early detecting of cases in their preliminary stages and preventing the spread of infection among members of the community’.

For international travellers in addition to having a negative PCR test result to fly in, they need to self-quarantine for 14 days and test themselves again on the 12th day. Hotels have also been asked to reiterate this requirement to all their guests who maybe tourists or residents that have returned from overseas. This rule also applies to anyone who enters Abu Dhabi after having landed in an airport at any emirate.

The hotels will need to pay close attention to their guests quarantining as they are not allowed to leave the rooms till the isolation process is over. Moreover, they need to ensure that they collect the signed Health Declaration form that the international travellers receive on checking-in with instructions to be followed during isolation. However, these restrictions will be relaxed for professionals in the essential sectors where they would be able to return to work after 7 days of self- quarantine after getting tested on the 7th day.

A key pointer to be noticed is that people quarantining need to be staying in a well-ventilated room and not share amenities unless they are regularly sterilised.


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