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These are the most up-to-date rules for entering Abu Dhabi as of Feb 2022…
ARTICLE UPDATED FEBRUARY 5, 2022
With all the changes to rules and regulations for travelling into the capital, updates that have been necessary to balance safety with normality in the capital, it’s important to keep yourself up to date on the latest requirements and restrictions.
This guide is all about explaining simply, the most important up-to-date rules for accessing Abu Dhabi, and public spaces within the emirate.
And your starting point really should be the Alhosn Green Pass.
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Procedures to enter the emirate from within the UAE have been updated by Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee.
Effective Thursday, 30 December 2021, in addition to using EDE scanners to rapidly detect potential Covid-19 cases, all entering Abu Dhabi will require a green pass for vaccinated individuals and a negative PCR test result for those who are not vaccinated.
To enter the emirate from within the UAE, vaccinated people will now show green status on Alhosn App and unvaccinated categories are required to present a negative PCR test result received within 96 hours.
The updated entry requirements are in line with efforts to continue enhancing precautionary measures to protect public health #InAbuDhabi
The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has announced a further update to the ‘Green List’ of countries for inbound travel into Abu Dhabi, as it supports the easing of travel restrictions whilst maintaining safety protocols. All travellers arriving from the updated ‘Green List’ destinations will be exempt from mandatory quarantine measures after landing in Abu Dhabi.
Abu Dhabi remains to be the safe, awe-inspiring and culturally rich destination you last visited. We are ready and open to welcome you once again. Find out about the procedures to keep you safe while travelling to and across our emirate.
Quarantine guidelines for travellers to the UAE
Anyone wishing to the enter the UAE must present a negative result of the RT-PCR test. All travellers will be tested again on arrival. If the test result is positive, you must stay in isolation for as many days as prescribed by the emirate of your residence. If you violate home quarantine rules, you would be liable to a fine of AED 50,000.
The following quarantine guidelines will be applied to UAE citizens, residents and tourists arriving at Abu Dhabi from 5 September 2021.
- Vaccinated travellers
- Unvaccinated travellers
Refer to the message posted on Twitter.
*Vaccines must be approved by World Health Organization.
All travellers must present a negative result of an RT-PCR test conducted within 48 hours before flight.
Abu Dhabi approved home quarantine without the use of wristbands for international travellers, and those in contact with positive cases. The decision is effective from 19 September 2021. Meanwhile, positive cases must still wear a wristband.
The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has approved home quarantine without the use of wristbands for international travellers and those in contact with positive cases, effective Sunday, 19 September 2021. Positive cases must still wear a wristband. pic.twitter.com/8kxtQGJYS2
Updated on 23 Sep 2021
UAE flights: Abu Dhabi removes quarantine requirement for Covid-vaccinated passengers
The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has updated travel procedures for citizens, residents and visitors entering Abu Dhabi from abroad.
Effective from Sunday, September 5, Covid-vaccinated travellers from all destinations arriving to Abu Dhabi will not need to quarantine. Unvaccinated travellers from destinations that are not on the ‘green list’ must quarantine for 10 days.
Abu Dhabi green list: Oman, Maldives and Croatia among 22 new destinations added
Abu Dhabi has extended its green list of countries and destinations from which travellers can enter the emirate without needing to quarantine on arrival.
Which destinations can I travel from without quarantine?
Abu Dhabi ‘Green List’ | Travellers from these countries can enter the emirate without quarantine
Source: Visit Abu Dhabi, World Bank • Last updated31/08/2021
UAE travel: How to apply for humanitarian exemption for re-entry?
Stranded expatriates in ‘red list’ countries wishing to return home to their families in the UAE can apply for travel exemption ‘on humanitarian grounds’ through the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) web portal and mobile application, Khaleej Times has learnt.
Travel agencies who have been facilitating this service have confirmed that many passengers, including those who have taken their vaccinations outside the UAE, have made their way back to the country.
UAE Travel Update: Etihad brings back stranded residents from India, see how they got ICA approval
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has brought back hundreds of Indians stranded residents.
The residents were stranded in India due to the suspension of flights between UAE and India with the emergence of Delta variants.
Etihad on Saturday said that the airline operated services from New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Kochi.
Abu Dhabi airport saw emotional scenes of family reunion and crying individuals making their way out of the airport after completing the procedures.
Relaxed travel curbs ‘to boost UAE aviation and hospitality recovery’
The easing of travel restrictions to and from the UAE will further boost the recovery of the country’s aviation and hospitality sectors this year, according to Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank.
Requirements governing travel to the UK and India, two of the UAE’s top source markets, have been relaxed and this is expected to draw more tourists to the Gulf nation and improve transit flows, the lender said in its weekly economic research report.
Abu Dhabi announced that it will reopen to international tourists from 24 December 2020 and travellers from across the globe will be allowed entry to the capital.
No quarantine if travelling from countries, regions and territories on the ‘green’ list
Any visitors travelling from countries, regions and territories on the ‘green’ list will be exempt from quarantine requirements and can enter the destination by following a series of procedures that include COVID-19 tests.
For a full list of ‘green’ countries, regions and territories, please click here
Travelling from countries outside the ‘green’ list
Travellers from outside the ‘green’ list can still travel into Abu Dhabi but following the latest protocols and guidelines. For more info please click here.
Before making any travel arrangements to Abu Dhabi, please ensure the following:
- Contact your airline for important travel information and familiarise yourself with the guidelines and regulations set by relevant authorities
- Ensure you meet entry visa requirements to visit the UAE. You can check your visa requirements here
- If you are travelling with Etihad Airways, you’ll be covered by Etihad’s COVID-19 global wellness insurance cover. Cover is included with every Etihad Airways ticket for travel up to 31 March 2021 – click here.
- Etihad Airways has introduced a comprehensive Wellness guide, with all the information you need to know about travelling safely (read more on Abu Dhabi’s travel guide here).
Ahead of departure
Travellers to Abu Dhabi will be required to present a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test received within 96 hours prior to their scheduled departure.
Upon entering the emirate, travellers will be given a PCR test at the airport and must wait for the negative result to be received. International travellers from countries, regions and territories on the ‘green’ list, will no longer be required to self-isolate upon receiving a negative result. Travellers from other countries will be required to self-isolate for 10 days only.
All travellers will need to take a PCR test on day six for those staying for six days or more, and on day 12 for those staying for 12 days or more.
Departure from Abu Dhabi
Please ensure you are familiar with the travel and health requirements of the destination you are headed to.
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