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Abu Dhabi Extends Travel Ban for Another Week


The movement restrictions imposed by the Abu Dhabi government have been extended for another week from today.

The emirate’s Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Committee heading up the campaign against the Covid-19 pandemic has announced that from Tuesday, June 9, the ban will continue to include restricted access in and out of the emirate as well as movement between Abu Dhabi’s internal regions including Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and Al Dhafrah.

The movement restriction initially began on June 2 to allow mass Covid-19 testing in the drive to further curb the spread of the virus and the policy was indeed to last for one week initially.

The update was announced on Monday via a series of tweets from the Abu Dhabi Media Office account.

“This step aims to enhance the effectiveness of the expanded National Screening Programme, among a series of precautionary and preventative measures being taken to reduce contact, curb the spread of Covid-19, and protect the health and safety of all community members,” read the tweets.

Some exemptions are possible but must be approved in advance via a special permit. This includes those working in sectors considered as vital services, any chronic disease patients visiting hospitals for appointments, and for the transportation of any necessary goods, according to the tweets. Movement must only be carried out within each region in accordance with the timing of the National Sterilisation Programme.

To apply for a movement permit go here.

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