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How and Where to Be Tested for Coronavirus in Abu Dhabi

Do you suspect you might have Covid-19? Find out where the Abu Dhabi coronavirus testing centres are and what you should do...

Posted on

12 May 2020

Last updated on 13 May 2020
Clarice Awa at ExpatWoman
by Clarice Awa
How and Where to Be Tested for Coronavirus in Abu Dhabi

Coronavirus tests in Abu Dhabi are not available simply by request…

The UAE has established a network of Covid-19 testing facilities in Abu Dhabi, as well as drive-through coronavirus testing services.

Should you find yourself experiencing mild symptoms or have been in contact with someone with the virus, it’s best to get tested as quickly as possible for your own health and peace of mind.

In this guide, we share the Covid-19 test eligibility requirements, places you can get screened for the virus in Abu Dhabi, who to call, what you need to bring, how much it costs, and what happens when and after you get hospital testing.

Who can get tested for coronavirus in Abu Dhabi?

Patients must meet a series of requirements before booking a test. These include...

1. Coronavirus symptoms

If you are experiencing mild symptoms such as...

  • Coughing
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath

2. Close contact with a suspected/confirmed case

If you’ve been in close proximity with someone suspected with or has tested positive for coronavirus.

3. Recent traveller

If you are a recent traveller within the last two weeks, or you have been in close proximity with someone who has recently travelled outside of the UAE in the last 14 days.

Where can I get tested for Covid-19 in Abu Dhabi?

Below is a list of places where you can get tested for coronavirus in Abu Dhabi, along with their operating hours.

  • Ghayathi: Saturday - Thursday (8am to 12pm) and (4pm to 8pm)
  • Madinat Zayed, Al Dhafra: Saturday - Thursday (8am - 8pm)
  • Al Bahia: Saturday - Thursday (8am - 8pm)
  • Al Wathba: Saturday - Thursday (8am - 8pm)
  • Zayed Sports City: Saturday - Thursday (8am - 8pm)

Al Ain

If you live closer to Al Ain, you can book an appointment at...

  • Al Hili: Saturday - Thursday (8am - 8pm)
  • Asharej: Saturday - Thursday (8am - 8pm)

Drive-through Covid-19 tests in Abu Dhabi

Drive-through tests for residents who do not wish to leave their vehicle are also available. Appointments are still required before going there.
These are located in the following locations across Abu Dhabi and Al Ain:

  • Al Bahia
  • Al Wathba
  • Madinat Zayed-Al Dhafra
  • Ghayathi Al Dhafra
  • Al Hili
  • Al Sharej

How can I book an appointment?

Call any of the numbers below to schedule an appointment in Abu Dhabi:

  • Estijaba, Department of Health: 800-1717
  • UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention: 800-1111

Cost of the coronavirus test in Abu Dhabi

The cost for a Covid-19 test in Abu Dhabi varies depending on your insurance coverage, so we recommend that you are up to date with your health plan.

SEE ALSO - UAE Health Insurance Coverage of COVID-19 Tests: Does It Apply?

Without insurance, the price of a coronavirus test can cost up to AED 370 per patient.

Documents to bring for your Covid-19 testing appointment

Carry the following documents with you for your coronavirus screening appointment:

  • Passport copy
  • Visa copy
  • Original Emirates ID
  • Tenancy contract
  • Recent passport photograph
  • Medical Insurance card
  • Health card or family card (for UAE Nationals only)

What happens if I’m positive for coronavirus?

An ambulance and health officials will be sent to your immediate family members or whoever you live with in Abu Dhabi so that they can get tested for symptoms.

If they have any symptoms, they will be tested for the virus as well and must stay in an isolation facility. If there are no symptoms, they can go home but are required to self-isolate for 14 days.

At the moment, there is no vaccine for Covid-19. The type of recovery treatment also varies per patient, depending on your symptoms and health status.

 
 
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