Coronavirus: Abu Dhabi reminds people of entry rules and quarantine

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Nearly 6,000 people are tested at the Ghantoot laser centre every day. Antonie Robertson / The National

Medics at the Ghantoot testing centre on the border between and Abu Dhabi use a laser technique to scan a blood sample for signs of surging red blood cells, which is an early sign the body is fighting off a virus. Antonie Robertson / The National

A medic testing a commuter for Covid-19. Antonie Robertson / The National

The results of the Diffractive Phase Interferometry test, or DPI, which detects viral presence in the blood, including Covid-19, are received in minutes via a text message. Antonie Robertson / The National

The test costs Dh50 and is very quick compared with the PCR test that can take time to get a result. Antonie Robertson / The National

The facility was set up to allow commuters who require a negative Covid-19 test to enter Abu Dhabi. Those with negative results can continue their journey. Antonie Robertson / The National

A laser screening centre for Covid-19 on the Abu Dhabi border screens more than 6,000 people every day. Antonie Robertson / The National

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Sep 28, 2020

September 28, 2020

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Abu Dhabi has reminded international travellers of a key rule regarding entry to the emirate.

People must disclose the date of overall entry into the UAE when coming to Abu Dhabi.

The emirate's Crisis, Emergency and Disasters Committee sent the notification on Monday and it relates to the 14-day quarantine in place.

Passengers arriving directly to Abu Dhabi through any UAE port or entry point must take a PCR test and register under a quarantine system to receive an electronic wristband, to be worn for 14 days.

The quarantine period is mandatory for all travellers coming to Abu Dhabi whether residents or not.

Those who spent less than 14 days in another emirate before coming to Abu Dhabi must also follow the regulation but the days spent outside the capital will be deducted from the total quarantine period.

So if a person spent two days in Dubai, then 12 days quarantine will suffice. It is imperative that travellers provide the correct information to follow the 14-day quarantine, authorities said.

The rules are designed to limit the spread of Covid-19 and safeguard public health. Anyone flouting the regulations faces legal action.

Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi's tourism chief said the emirate was preparing to welcome back overseas visitors for the first time in six months.

Speaking on Sunday, Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism, said the safety of the public remained paramount.

It came following the announcement that tourists can secure visas to travel to the UAE from Thursday.

Updated: September 28, 2020 12:09 PM

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