As the UAE has seen a marked spike in the number of coronavirus cases in the past few weeks, more screening centers that offer AED 50 Laser-based DPI testing facilities have opened in the UAE.
Although travel restrictions have been eased across the UAE, entry to emirates such as Abu Dhabi and Dubai, require prior testing and certification of one’s health status.
UAE Continues to Ramp up Efforts Against Covid-19 by Opening More AED 50 Testing Centers
In line with this, four new rapid COVID-19 testing centers have opened across the UAE to facilitate entry to Abu Dhabi.
Two new centers located in Dubai and the other two located in Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah, offer laser-based DPI screenings, similar to the first tent set up in Ghantoot in July.
Since May, entry to the UAE capital has been limited to only those who can provide proof that they are COVID-19-free. Initially, this required PCR tests conducted outside the emirate, until the Ghantoot rapid testing facility was launched on July 16.
The rapid test costs AED 50 per person, and yield results of inflammation markers within five minutes.
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There are four rapid testing facilities in Abu Dhabi, including the one at Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi Corniche, and Al Ain’s Hili area.
Meanwhile, newly opened testing centers in Dubai are located at Rashid Port and Al Khawaneej, other than the two in the Northern Emirates.
For locations operated by the Ambulatory Healthcare Services (SEHA), you may book an appointment using the SEHA app.
The Ghantoot and Al Ain facilities are run by Tamouh Healthcare, a privately-held firm.
According to Ahmed Al Reyami, a supervisor at the Ghantoot tent, there are dedicated websites where residents can book an appointment, but families are allowed to get tested without prior bookings.
Meanwhile, the other six facilities are run by the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha), Abu Dhabi’s public health provider.
For these facilities, you may book an appointment via the Seha app. Appointments are available for individuals, groups up to three people, and family groups with domestic workers up to five people.
If your result comes out negative from the tests conducted in any of the facilities, you will be allowed to enter or re-enter Abu Dhabi. The test is valid for 48 hours only.
In case the test comes out positive, a PCR test must be undertaken via a nasal swab at the same center. The test will cost AED 320. While waiting for the result the person must isolate himself at home until the results are released.
According to the information posted on the SEHA app, the DPI laser screening is only available for those aged 12 years and older.
Those who wish to take the test must present their Emirates ID, along with the QR code associated with the Seha appointment booking.