Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi authorities have removed the requirement for thermal screening for COVID-19 and EDE scanners in shopping malls, commercial, accommodation, event and tourism venues.
The move comes as COVID-19 precautions are eased in the UAE.
However, Al Hosni’s green pass is still required to enter public places, and a negative PCR test gives 30 days of access.
“Based on the instructions issued by the relevant authorities in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, EDE and thermal screening are not required at entry points. The use of Green Pass protocols will remain valid and required at entry points,” DCT Abu Dhabi said in a circular.
Scanners have been used during the COVID-19 pandemic as an additional method to detect potentially infected people.
The technology can be used to detect infection by measuring electromagnetic waves that change when viral RNA particles are present in the body.
The decision came a month after authorities announced that wearing face masks indoors would no longer be mandatory, while the requirement for outdoor masks would be lifted in February 2022.
In September 2022, the UAE eased its COVID-19 protocols, including increasing the green card validity to 30 days, making masks optional in most public places, and reducing the isolation period to five days.
Passengers and crew of cruise ships arriving in Abu Dhabi were also exempted from the obligation to present a green permit to visit attractions and facilities. Instead, they can use cards or wristbands issued by cruise ships.