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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Abu Dhabi has updated the procedure to enter the emirate from within the UAE and approved the use of EDE scanners at entry points, effective Sunday, 19 December 2021.
The decision strengthens precautionary measures to help maintain the low Covid-19 infection rate of 0.05 per cent of total tests in Abu Dhabi emirate.
Here is everything you need to know about the new entry procedure.
Why has the border procedure changed?
To strengthen precautionary measures in order to help maintain the low Covid-19 infection rate in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.
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How has the border procedure changed?
Everyone entering Abu Dhabi emirate will now need to undertake a simple, rapid EDE scan via a mobile scanning device.
What does an EDE scan involve?
An operator holds up a mobile scanning device in front of you for several seconds.
How does the EDE scanner work?
EDE scanners use advanced technology to rapidly detect potential Covid-19 cases by measuring alterations in electromagnetic waves.
Will it store my image or personal information?
EDE scanners do not store your image or any personal information.
What happens if the scan detects a potential Covid-19 case?
You will be referred to an on-site testing centre to take a free Covid-19 antigen test.
What is an antigen test?
The antigen test detects the presence of antibodies that are produced by Covid-19. A nasal swab sample is collected and labelled with a dye.
Will I have to pay for the antigen test?
The antigen test is free of charges.
How long does it take to get the results of an antigen test?
Results for an antigen test are received within 20 minutes.
Does the process apply to international travellers arriving from abroad?
The process applies to anyone arriving into Abu Dhabi from within the UAE.
What happens if my antigen test result comes back positive?
If you are an Abu Dhabi resident returning to the emirate, official health isolation guidelines apply. You will be fitted with a wristband and need to spend your isolation period in your home or in suitable accommodation.
If you are from elsewhere, you will need to return to the emirate from which you departed and notify the health authority of your test result.
Will I need to undertake an EDE scan if my green pass on Alhosn app is still valid?
Everybody entering Abu Dhabi emirate will need to undertake the EDE scan, regardless of whether they have green pass.
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