Entrance to Abu Dhabi: Everything You Need to Know About EDE Scans for COVID-19 Testing


People screened for COVID-19 in Abu Dhabi.
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Abu Dhabi: Starting Sunday, December 15, residents and visitors will again be tested for COVID-19 before being allowed to enter Abu Dhabi. This time around, the screening will involve the use of EDE scanners, the Abu Dhabi Crisis, Emergency and Disaster Management Authority said on Wednesday.

Scanners are already in use to ensure safe entry to a number of public places in Abu Dhabi, including shopping malls, gyms, amusement parks, cinemas and even some cafes and restaurants.

Before deploying the new screening system, here’s everything you need to know about it.

When does the new COVID-19 screening system come into effect?

It will be implemented from Sunday December 19.

How has the border procedure changed?

Anyone entering Abu Dhabi will now have to perform a quick and easy EDE scan via a mobile scanning device used by the authorities.

ABU DHABI EDE

An operator will hold a mobile scanning device in front of you for several seconds to run the EDE scan.
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What does an EDE analysis consist of?

An operator will hold a mobile scanning device in front of you for several seconds.

How does the EDE scanner work?

EDE scanners use cutting edge technology to quickly detect potential cases of COVID-19. They do this by measuring alterations in electromagnetic waves, using a smartphone connected to a sensor. Electromagnetic wave patterns change when RNA particles from the COVID-19 virus are present. The scan results are therefore almost instantaneous.

The screen of a scanner turns green to indicate the person is healthy, while a red alert appears to indicate a possible COVID-19 infection.

Will it store my image or my personal information?

EDE scanners do not store your image or any personal information.

What happens if the scan detects a potential case of COVID-19?

You will be directed to an on-site testing center to take a free COVID-19 antigen test.

What is an antigen test?

The antigen test detects the presence of antibodies produced by COVID-19. A nasal swab is taken for testing and labeled with a dye.

Will I have to pay for the antigen test?

The antigen test is free.

How long will it take to get the results of an antigen test?

Results of an antigen test will be received within 20 minutes.

Does the process apply to international travelers arriving from abroad?

The process applies to anyone arriving in Abu Dhabi from the United Arab Emirates.

What happens if my antigen test result is positive?

If you are an Abu Dhabi resident returning to the emirate, official medical isolation guidelines will apply. You will be provided with a bracelet and will have to spend your period of isolation at your home or in suitable accommodation.

If you are not a resident of Abu Dhabi, you will need to return to the emirate you departed from and notify the relevant health authority of the result of your COVID-19 antigen test.

Do I have to perform an EDE scan if my Green Pass on the Alhosn app is still valid?

Anyone entering the Emirate of Abu Dhabi will need to undertake the EDE scan, whether or not they have the Alhosn Green Pass.


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