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Dubai: From December 30, 2021, a Green Pass or a negative PCR (Polyermerase Chain Reaction) test result – taken within 96 hours – will be mandatory to enter Abu Dhabi. If you are fully vaccinated, you will need to present a Green Pass on the Al Hosn App and if you are not fully vaccinated, a negative PCR result would be required.

Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis, and Disasters Committee announced an updated protocol to enter the Emirate from within the UAE on Tuesday, December 28.

New rules for entering Abu Dhabi from within the UAE

As per the announcement, the new rules for entering Abu Dhabi are:

• To enter the Emirate from within the UAE, vaccinated people must show a Green Pass status on Al Hosn App. The Green Pass status on the Al Hosn App is active for 14 days if you are fully vaccinated and have a negative PCR [Polymerase Chain Reaction] test result. Read here to find out more.

• Those who are unvaccinated or are exempted from the COVID-19 vaccination are required to present a negative PCR test result received within 96 hours. Read here to find out the categories exempted from COVID-19 vaccination.

What does it mean to be fully vaccinated?
As per the Abu Dhabi Media Office, to be considered fully vaccinated, you must have had the second dose of a vaccine. If your second dose was at least six months ago, you must have received a booster dose. You have a 30-day grace period to get the booster dose. To maintain the Green status on the Al Hosn app, you also need to have a negative PCR test result at least every 14 days.

EDE scanners installed at border

The new entry procedures will come into effect on Thursday, December 30, in addition to using EDE scanners (named after the EDE Research Institute Abu Dhabi, which developed the technology) to rapidly detect potential COVID-19 cases. Abu Dhabi has been using EDE scanners at its border entry points since December 19, 2021.

What are EDE scanners, and how do they work?
EDE scanners detect possible infections by measuring electromagnetic waves that change when the RNA (Ribonucleic acid) particles of the virus are present in the person's body.
The scanners were developed by advanced technology to rapidly detect potential COVID-19 cases without storing personal information.

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