We have a piece of good news for the general Emirati public coming out of the Road and Transport (RTA). The E101 bus service is recently resumed again.
This bus service runs between Dubai, and Abu Dhabi shut down to combat Covid-19. The government did this to ensure that the general public won’t be in close social contact. Although this caused inconvenience to the working-class public, it was meant for the greater good.
As of now, UAE has administered around 18.9 million vaccine doses in total. Around 80.1% of the population is fully vaccinated. The cases in UAE are dropping quickly, and UAE is very close to opening up.
Such commendable covid response has allowed public services like buses to open again.
But, there are a few caveats. The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) guidelines say that the passengers must show proof of vaccination. Unvaccinated people must have negative covid test reports to avail the bus service.
The RTA guidelines for safe public travel in buses
- Vaccinated people must ensure that they have a ‘green’ status on the Al Hosn app before boarding the bus.
- There must be an ‘E’ sign or ‘star’ symbol that gets activated following a negative PCR covid test. This remains activated for quite a few days post-test conduction.
- Unvaccinated people must furnish a negative covid report. The test must be no older than 48 hrs before entering Abu Dhabi.
The RTA has advised travelers not to use the DPI test twice in succession to enter the Emirati states.
The RTA director of planning and business development, Adel Shakri, believes that this will ensure smooth transit of passengers between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. This news is a ray of sunshine for the working class that forms the backbone of our country’s economy.