You may be asking where to acquire a PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test if you need to get tested for COVID-19, whether because you are experiencing certain symptoms or because you require a negative test result to travel or attend an event. Also, how much would it cost? Health authorities in the UAE have made it exceedingly simple to get tested for COVID-19, regardless of where you live. By establishing testing centres and making PCR tests available to private healthcare professionals. However, the price you pay will be determined by where you go and how quickly you need the findings. For premium services or a faster outcome, many places will charge you a slightly greater amount.
1. EHS-run Centre
Free PCR testing are available. If you go to an Emirates Health Services (EHS)-run facility, any UAE residents are welcome to use it. EHS has PCR test centres in Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain, and Fujairah, among other cities in the UAE. You will, however, need to schedule an appointment through the COVID-19 EHS app. This app is compatible with both Apple and Android devices.
Also, because the tests are free, it is best to schedule an appointment ahead of time because most centres do not accept walk-in requests. Call the EHS contact centre at 800 8877 for additional information.
2. DHA – Free Tests For Certain Categories
The COVID-19 test is only free for the following categories, according to the Dubai Health Authority (DHA):
• UAE Nationals
• Sons and Daughters of UAE Nationals
• UAE Nationals’ Households
• Senior citizens and Residents (above the age of 50)
• Women who are expecting a child
• Determined individuals (not their Families if residents)
Diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, arteries, tumours, rheumatism, chronic liver and renal illness, brain and nerves (with the condition of the medical report). Unless the patient develops COVID-19 symptoms, comes into touch with a positive case, or develops a risk: pregnancy or chronic disease, a free test is provided every four months.
You can schedule a free PCR test once every four months if you fall into one of the following categories:
• UAE Nationals
• Children of Emirati Women
• Domestic workers in Emirati houses
• Residents and citizens above the age of 50
• People with Chronic Diseases
• Determined People
• Pregnant Women
Any of the Seha test centres in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah, or Fujairah can schedule an appointment for you. To make an appointment, download the Seha app and schedule a COVID-19 test screening.
4. The Dh50 PCR Test
A PCR test costs Dh50 at all Seha facilities, which are located in every emirate in the UAE. You’ll need to download the Seha app, which is available for Apple and Android smartphones, to schedule an appointment.
5. Up to Dh150 PCR Test
Other PCR test centres in the UAE, such as private hospitals and clinics, charge between Dh50 and Dh150.
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