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COVID-safe travel to and from Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi has implemented strict precautionary measures to protect all community members in the emirate. Entry to some public places in Abu Dhabi is now limited to individuals who are vaccinated, officially exempt from vaccination or aged under 16 years, as part of ongoing efforts to protect health and safety.

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Are You Vaccinated?

  • Effective from Sunday, 5 September 2021 Abu Dhabi has lifted all quarantine procedures for all vaccinated travellers from around the world allowing seamless entry to the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi
  • Abu Dhabi accepts the vaccines approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Ministry of Health and Prevention Society (MOHAP)
  • To check the list of World Health Organisation (WHO) approved vaccines, please click here
  • To check the list of MOHAP approved vaccines, please click here
  • To validate your vaccination or your exemption certificate in Abu Dhabi, 48 hours before your travel date, download the Federal Authority of Identity and Citizenship (ICA UAE Smart) app or visit the ica.gov.ae website to complete the 'Register Arrivals Form' and attach your vaccination certificate(s) for approval
  • An SMS will confirm approval of the registration form and vaccination certificates and include a link to download the Alhosn app, which enables users to show test results and vaccination status and is used to enter public places in Abu Dhabi. Visitors must be vaccinated to enter the majority of public places.
  • Individuals without the Alhosn app can alternatively access public places by presenting proof of full vaccination - via either a full vaccination certificate from their home country or by showing full vaccination status in their home country mobile app - as well as a negative PCR test result within the last 14 days. The PCR test must have been performed in the UAE.
  • Take a PCR test within 48 hours of departure from origin destination and only fly if the test result is negative
  • Upon arrival in Abu Dhabi, travellers will receive a Unified ID number from airport immigration or via the ICA UAE Smart app or ica.gov.ae website; this is required to complete the registration on Alhosn app.
  • You will also need to take a PCR test upon arrival at Abu Dhabi International airport, with the result received within 90 minutes
  • You can then depart the airport and wait in your accommodation for the results
  • If the result is negative, Alhosn will automatically show ‘green’ status
  • Children under 12 years and individuals with official exemptions do not need to take a PCR test upon arrival
  • As an alternative to using the app, visit m.Alhosnapp.ae to check your latest PCR test result
  • If coming from Green List countries, travellers will need to take another PCR test on day 6 (counting the day of arrival as day 1), available at their convenience at their hotel accommodation
  • If coming from non-Green List countries, travellers will need to take another PCR test on day 4 and day 8. PCR tests will be available at their convenience at their hotel accomodations.
  • Click here to see if your destination of departure to Abu Dhabi is on the emirate's Green List.
  • For more information about COVID-19 PCR testing centres in Abu Dhabi, please visit doh.gov.ae/en/covid-19/PCR and seha.ae/screening-locations/. Hotels will also provide testing services at their guests' convenience.


Coming from Dubai or other Emirates

For fully vaccinated international travellers coming to Abu Dhabi from Dubai or other Emirates, they will also need to follow the same guidelines. These include downloading the ICA app; completing the registration, and then downloading the Al Hosn app, which is the Green Pass gateway to all of Abu Dhabi’s attractions.

Effective 30 December 2021, vaccinated residents and visitors must have a Green Pass on their Al Hosn app to enter Abu Dhabi. The Green Pass is activated on the Al Hosn app for vaccinated residents and visitors who receive a negative COVID-19 PCR test result and is valid for 14 days. The PCR test must have been performed in the UAE.

Individuals without the Al Hosn app can alternatively present proof of full vaccination via either a full vaccination certificate from their home country or by showing full vaccination status in their home country mobile app, as well as a negative PCR test result within the last 14 days if the test was taken in the UAE OR within the last 48 hours if the test was taken in their home country. If the PCR test was taken in their home country, this is valid only for crossing the border from Dubai NOT for entry into any Abu Dhabi attractions or public venues.

In addition, everyone travelling to Abu Dhabi will be scanned by an EDE mobile scanning device at the border to gain permission to enter the emirate. Once scanned, anyone with signs that they may have the virus will be sent for a free rapid antigen test, with results delivered within 20 minutes. If the test is positive, Abu Dhabi residents will be required to isolate for 10 days with a tracking wristband fitted. Non-Abu Dhabi residents who receive a positive test result must return to the emirate from which they travelled and notify the local health authority of their test result.

  • Take a PCR test within 48 hours of departure from origin destination and only fly if the test result is negative
  • Unvaccinated travellers from Green List countries and regions are welcomed to Abu Dhabi with no quarantine measures. And must take a PCR test on day 6 and day 9 (Day 1 being the day of arrival)
  • Unvaccinated travellers coming from non-green list countries must undergo quarantine measures. On arrival into Abu Dhabi International Airport, download and register on Alhosn app, available in all smart phone app stores
  • Take a free PCR test and receive the result in approximately 90 minutes through the Alhosn app and via SMS. Effective 19 September travellers must home quarantine but will no longer need to wear wristbands. Only those who have tested positive will be required to be fitted with a wristband during their quarantine period.
  • Depart the airport and quarantine at your accommodation for 10 days and take a PCR test at a SEHA Prime Testing Facility on day 9. If it is negative, you can remove the wristband at the same facility
  • Click here to check if your destination of departure to Abu Dhabi is on the emirate’s Green List.
  • If you are unvaccinated and transiting through a Green List country from a non-Green List country to Abu Dhabi and have spent less than 10 days in a Green List location before arriving in Abu Dhabi, you must complete the quarantine in Abu Dhabi.
  • The time spent in the Green List country prior to arriving in Abu Dhabi will count towards the 10-day quarantine period.
  • For example: Unvaccinated passenger A spends time in a non-Green List location, and then spends four days in a Green List country before travelling to Abu Dhabi. Passenger A will quarantine for 6 days in order to complete the 10-day total

*Important: Children under 12 and those with medical exemptions do not need to undergo COVID-19 PCR testing before departure.

 
Coming via Dubai or other Emirates

Unvaccinated travellers from ‘Green list’ countries coming to Abu Dhabi from Dubai or other Emirates are welcomed in Abu Dhabi without quarantine. 

Unvaccinated travellers coming from non-green list countries need to quarantine for 10 days in Abu Dhabi. If you are arriving through Dubai or other Emirates, you will be welcomed in Abu Dhabi, without quarantine after completing 10 days in the Emirate of arrival.

If for example, they spent 6 days in the Emirate where they landed, and want to visit Abu Dhabi, they will need to complete 4 days of their remaining required isolation period.

In order to enter Abu Dhabi, unvaccinated travellers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result received within the previous 96 hours. The PCR test must have been performed in the UAE.

In addition, everyone travelling to Abu Dhabi will be scanned by an EDE mobile scanning device at the border to gain permission to enter the emirate. Once scanned, anyone with signs that they may have the virus will be sent for a free rapid antigen test, with results delivered within 20 minutes. If the test is positive, the Abu Dhabi residents will be required to isolate for 10 days with a tracking wristband fitted. Non-Abu Dhabi residents who receive a positive test result must return to the emirate from which they travelled and notify the local health authority of their test result.

For more information about Covid-19 PCR testing centres in Abu Dhabi, please visit doh.gov.ae/en/covid-19/PCR and seha.ae/screening-locations/. Hotels will also provide testing services at their guests’ convenience.

Welcome to Abu Dhabi!

Abu Dhabi has implemented strict precautionary measures to protect all community members in the emirate. From 1 January 2022, entry to some public places in Abu Dhabi is limited to those vaccinated, officially exempted or aged under 16 years, as part of continuous efforts to protect health and safety.


Entry to Public Places with 'green' status on the Alhosn app

Entry to most public places in Abu Dhabi emirate is only allowed for those who are fully vaccinated, officially exempted or aged under 16 years, and who also have ‘green’ status on the Alhosn app, which requires following the approved testing requirements:

  • Vaccinated must receive a negative PCR test result every 14 days to maintain ‘green’ status. The PCR test must have been performed in the UAE.
  • UAE residents need to take a timely vaccine booster shot to maintain 'green' status on the Alhosn app. This requirement does NOT apply to tourists.
  • Officially exempted must receive a negative PCR test result every 7 days to maintain ‘green’ status. The PCR test must have been performed in the UAE.
  • Children aged under 12 years automatically receive ‘green’ status without the need to be vaccinated or to take a PCR test.
  • Children aged 12 to 15 years do not need to be vaccinated but do need to take a PCR test to receive 'green' status on the Alhosn app.

The public places limited to those vaccinated, exempted or children are shopping centres, restaurants and cafes; other retail outlets including those not in shopping centres; gyms and recreational facilities; health clubs and resorts; museums and cultural centres; universities and institutes; theme parks; and cinemas.

To gain access to the specified public places, individuals will need to present Alhosn app to show the ‘green’ status.


Alternatives to the Alhosn app

Individuals without the Al Hosn app can alternatively access public places by:

  • Presenting proof of full vaccination:
    • via either a full vaccination certificate from their home country
      OR
    • by showing full vaccination status in their home country mobile app
  • AND a negative PCR test result within the last 14 days. The PCR test must have been performed in the UAE.

Children under 16 without the Alhosn app are exempt from a PCR test providing their parents or guardians can show proof of their date of birth.

Entry to events also requires ‘green’ status plus a negative PCR test result received within 96 hours of the event. The PCR test must have been performed in the UAE.


Venue Capacities from 26 November 2021

  • Shopping malls, entertainment centres, cultural centres, museums, and movie theatres capacity has increased to 80%
  • Hotels can operate at 100% capacity
  • Restaurants and cafes capacity has increased to 80%, allowing up to 10 people to sit at one table, if facemasks are worn when not dining
  • Health clubs, sports academies, gyms, and spas can operate at 50% capacity
  • Community and sport events, corporate events such as exhibitions and conferences, and entertainment events including theatre plays and concerts capacity has been set to 80%. EDE tests will also be performed at all entry points.
  • The capacity for wedding halls has been set to 60%, with a maximum of 100 people indoors and 300 people outdoors
  • Public transportation can operate up to 75% capacity, and taxi drivers can travel with up to three passengers in a five-person taxi and four passengers in a seven-person taxi


Protocols for Mask-wearing

It is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places - exemptions include:

  • Children under the age of two
  • People with severe disabilities (this group must be able to provide a relevant medical report if required)
  • People with respiratory symptoms (This group must be able to provide a medical report that specifies their difficulty with mask wearing)

In an emergency

If a traveller becomes ill with COVID-19 while in Abu Dhabi, can they access medical facilities in the emirate?

Yes. To find your nearest medical facilities click here

If a traveller suspects they have COVID-19 or have come into contact with a positive case, they should immediately visit an emergency room (severe symptoms) or a SEHA Prime Testing Facility (non-severe symptoms or no symptoms) and follow the approved protocol. Symptoms could include a fever, cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing, or headache, please contact the health authorities immediately.

For any further inquiries related to the pandemic and protocols and procedures or access to healthcare in Abu Dhabi, phone the 24-hour ISTIJABA call centre on 800 1717.

For further information about COVID-19, access the Department of Health - Abu Dhabi website, which provides up-to-date and verified information about protecting oneself from the virus, virtual assistance on the illness and FAQs on how to stay safe and contain the spread of coronavirus. The website also provides real-time statistics on the number of people infected and recovered. Please click here

For a list of private screening centres that provide COVID-19 PCR test, please click here.


Do tourists have to bear the costs of treatment/quarantine or any additional tests required in the event of coming into contact with or contracting COVID-19?

All costs for quarantining and medical assistance, regardless of the facility or accommodation will be at the cost of the individual. Travellers to Abu Dhabi are strongly advised to have a travel insurance policy with international coverage that includes COVID-19 before travelling to any destination.


Who should I contact in an emergency situation?

If there is a medical emergency, visit a SEHA medical facility.

A full list can be found at Abu Dhabi Health Services Co. For other emergencies, contact your local embassy.

Emergency numbers:

  • 999 for Police
  • 998 for Ambulance
  • 997 for Fire Department (Civil Defence)
  • 996 for Coastguard

Abu Dhabi Safety Initiatives

The safety and wellbeing of our residents and visitors has always been and continues to be our priority. Our initiatives consider every safety aspect to help minimise concerns and safeguard their wellbeing across every touchpoint, from arrival to departure. Learn more about what Abu Dhabi is doing to keep everyone safe.

Additional Information

For more useful travel information, please visit the following sources prior to travelling to Abu Dhabi:

For precautionary measures to keep everyone safe, there are a number of useful websites for more information:

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