Lockdown rules are easing in the UAE. And now on Friday, the capital city of Abu Dhabi updated the Covid-19 rules for its visitors and citizens. This move is in line with the city’s efforts to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus that has infected over 26 million people so far. Meanwhile, did you know that Abu Dhabi’s Yas Mall is now using robots to enforce social distancing!
Visitors Don’t Need To Undergo Both DPI And PCR Test
Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee announced that starting today, residents and visitors can enter Abu Dhabi within 48 hours of receiving a negative PCR or DPI test result. It means that DPI test results no longer require a prior PCR test.
In line with efforts to expand testing for the early detection of COVID-19 infections, Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has updated procedures for entering Abu Dhabi emirate. pic.twitter.com/2zmpn61ZFK
— مكتب أبوظبي الإعلامي (@admediaoffice) September 4, 2020
Residents Staying More Than Six-Day To Take A PCR Test On Sixth day
It was further announced that, from today, an additional PCR test is required if a resident or visitor chooses to stay in the city beyond six days. On this the Abu Dhabi Media office said,
“Residents and visitors who stay for six consecutive days or more within Abu Dhabi emirate must now take a PCR test on the sixth day of each visit. This is to protect the health and safety of the community.”
Abu Dhabi Committee Makes Disclosure Of Date A Must For Travellers
The Abu Dhabi Crisis, Emergency and Disasters Committee will now require international travellers to disclose the date of entry into the country at checkpoints designated for international travellers at all ports. Passengers who fail to do adhere to the guidelines will have to pay penalties.
The #AbuDhabi Crisis, Emergency and Disasters Committee requires international travellers to Abu Dhabi to disclose date of entry into the country at check points designated for international travellers at all ports, and to adhere to approved quarantine guidelines. pic.twitter.com/Bk31nzVw1B
— مكتب أبوظبي الإعلامي (@admediaoffice) September 28, 2020
The Key Difference Between PCR and DPI Test
A PCR test is conducted using a nasal swab. It is used to magnify the DNA sample and then detect particular antigens. Whereas, DPI test is a laser-based test that makes the use of the blood samples to measure the virus. DPI test helps the officials to carry out large-scale screening within a few seconds. Before this new update rule, citizens took both the tests before entering the capital city.