Some UAE expats, who have done over 100 Covid tests to enter Abu Dhabi, express relief

Residents recall how they had to sometimes postpone meetings because of the testing requirement

A general view of the city skyline at sunset from Dhow Harbour on February 5, 2015 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

A general view of the city skyline at sunset from Dhow Harbour on February 5, 2015 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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Since last year, some UAE residents who need travel to Abu Dhabi for work have done over 100 RT-PCR tests to enter the emirate. So, the eased entry regulations in the Capital — which takes effect tomorrow — comes as a relief.

Visitors are no longer required to show a Covid-19 test report at the border before entering the emirate, according to the updated procedures released by the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee for the Covid-19 Pandemic on Saturday.

Indian expat Arijit Nandi, who travels from Dubai to his office in Abu Dhabi every day, recalled how he needed to get screened regularly:

Nandi said there were also occasions when he had to postpone important meetings because he wasn’t able to reach the Capital.

“I was even asked to return from the border at least three to four times. The problem that I faced then was that AlHosn app wasn’t updated in time, even if I received the test report via e-mail.

“Although, as residents, we did understand that the policy was introduced to curb the spread of Covid-19 and the UAE has always been in the forefront when it comes to keeping everyone safe," he added.

Even Abu Dhabi residents who sometimes have to travel to Dubai were relieved.

Mudassir Syed Muhammad, a Dubai resident, also goes to Abu Dhabi up to thrice a week as part of his job as sales manager for Al Bloushi Travels.

“I did face a few difficulties sometimes, because it would be time-consuming. I was sometimes hesitant to travel because it takes some time away from your regular schedule.”

He added: “The police at the border, however, were very courteous and very friendly. The regular travel meant I would have easily done over 20 RT-PCR tests. The new announcement that Abu Dhabi is accepting people from within the country without a PCR test will make it easier for people to commute.”


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