Applying for Abu Dhabi visa – negative PCR test result mandatory

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Dubai: If you are planning to apply for a new residence visa or renew an exisiting one in Abu Dhabi, you will now need to carry a negative COVID-19 PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test report before getting your medical fitness test done.

The announcement was made by the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company – Seha, on June 6. The rule comes into effect from today, June 7.

The post on the official account of Seha’s ambulatory healthcare services read: “All applicants visiting the Disease Prevention and Screening Centers should have a negative COVID-19 nose swab result on Al Hosn app, done within 72 hours starting from Monday, June 7, 2021 and must follow all recommended precautionary measures.”

The medical fitness test is conducted for visa applications, whether you are applying for a new one or renewing an earlier residence or employment visa.

Once you have submitted your visa application at an immigration department or through online platforms (gulfnews.com/living-in-uae/visa-immigration/uae-how-you-can-renew-your-residence-permit-online-1.1608274180661) you would need to apply for your Emirates ID as well as a medical fitness test. To read our detailed guide on how to apply for a visa, click here.

Where can I get a PCR test done in Abu Dhabi?

Seha centres offer a PCR test for Dh65 to anyone who needs to get tested. To book an appointment, you can download the ‘Seha’ app, which is available for Apple and Android devices.

Location for Seha test centres

Abu Dhabi

• Zayed Sports City

• Al Wathba Screening Centre

• A Bahia Screening Centre

• Al Shamkha screening centre

• Abu Dhabi Corniche

• Abu Dhabi – Al Madina

• Al Ain – Asharij Screening Centre

• Al Dhafra – Madinat Zayed

• Al Dhafra – Ghayathi

• Al Dhafra – Al Mifra

• Al Dahfra – Al Silla

• Al Dhafra – Liwa

• Al Dhafra – Delma