Saturday, July 31, 2021

Do you need to run a COVID test in the UAE? Here is a list of test centres and how to book them

To be able to enter Abu Dhabi, you need a negative COVID test obtained within 48 hours of your intended entry to the nation’s capital.DPI laser tests have simplified the process significantly as the results come back within minutes.

Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis & Disasters Committee for Covid-19 Pandemic and the Department of Health — Abu Dhabi has provided a current list of all the testing sites across the UAE. Keep on reading to see them. 

Where are the locations?

In Dubai, there are two locations (in Mina Rashed and Al Khawaneej), in Al Ain and Abu Dhabi there are five and in the Northern Emirates, there are four more.

The operating hours for the testing centres in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain are from 8 am to 8 pm Sunday to Thursday (the only exception is the 10 am to 10 pm centre in Al Hili Wedding Hall that is open seven days a week).

The centres in Ghantoot and Emirates Hospitality Centre, Ajman are open 24 hours. While Northern Emirates testing centres (excluding the one above) are open seven days a week, 10 am to 8 pm.

How you can book a test

For the locations operated by Tamouh Healthcare, In Ghantoot, Al Hili Wedding Hall, or Ajman you can book through the individual Quantlase Lab.

All other locations require prior bookings, using the SEHA app, available on both Apple and Google Play stores.

Tests cost Dhs50.

What is a DPI test?

‘Diffractive phase interferometry’ lasers or DPI lasers are tests that are capable of measuring the smallest discrepancies in size. In this instance, they’re used to scan for the inflammation of blood cells, which is a sure sign of a viral infection.

The results are almost immediate.

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