The announcement came after hundreds of UAE-bound passengers were barred from travelling for not having a rapid PCR test at the airports, which is required to be conducted within four hours before the departure of the flight.
Employees who have obtained a medical report from official health authorities in the country, indicating that they cannot receive the COVID-19 vaccine, due to their health condition, are excluded from the new procedures.
A huge rush for PCR tests for children have been reported in several centres in the country ahead of school reopening on Sunday.
A police patrol stopped near the PCR testing centre and asked the woman and her children to rest in the police car until they were called for the tests at the centre.
The public and private schools that follow the curriculum of the Ministry of Education, along with nurseries and adult education, will receive more than 1.2 million students on Sunday ( Aug.29, 2021), to mark the start of the new school year 2021-2022.
Now all the passengers holding valid UAE residence visa can take Rapid PCR test six hours before their departure. Earlier all passengers were required to take Rapid PCR test 4 hours prior to their departure.
Regardless of the age group or vaccination status, the updated procedures require all students of private schools and Charter School, including students of determination, to submit a negative test result with a validity period of no more than 14 days to be able to enter school on the first day of the new school year. The same procedures apply to teachers, administrators and third-party contractors.
Alternatively, students aged 12 years and over and school staff can take the examination at any center of their choice at their own expense.
Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK), in collaboration with Department of Health- Abu Dhabi (DoH), has announced a strategic new initiative to provide COVID-19 PCR tests for students, educators and school staff administered by trained health professionals at the emirate’s schools. The initiative follows the recent announcement by the National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) for routine PCR tests.