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COVID-safe travel to and from 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.

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Abu Dhabi has announced that it will reopen to international tourists from 24 December 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.

Travel Procedures:

Before making any travel arrangements to Abu Dhabi, please ensure the following:

  1. Contact your airline for important travel information and familiarise yourself with the guidelines and regulations set by relevant authorities
  2. Ensure you meet entry visa requirements to visit the UAE. You can check your visa requirements here
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Airport Arrival

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Travelling To Abu Dhabi

On 11 December, Abu Dhabi announced the gradual reopening of the emirate to tourists from a predetermined list of 'green' countries, regions and territories. Beginning from 24 December, travellers planning a visit to Abu Dhabi from the 'green' list of countries, regions and territories will be able to enter the emirate by following a series of procedures that includes COVID-19 testing, and will subsequently be exempt from quarantine requirements.

Travellers to Abu Dhabi from the 'green' list of countries, regions and territories will be required to present a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours prior to their scheduled departure. Upon entering the emirate, they will need to take a second test and self-isolate until the results of this test are received. With two negative results, international travellers will no longer need to quarantine for 10 days after entering Abu Dhabi. 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.

To find out whether your location falls under the list of 'green' countries, regions or territories, click here.

For visitors entering the emirate from all other countries, procedures include the following:

  • Ahead of travelling to Abu Dhabi, you are required present a negative PCR test result.
  • Depending on where you are flying from, your test must be carried out between 48, 72 or 96 hours ahead of your flight departure time. Always check in advance.
  • Upon arrival to Abu Dhabi, medical authorities will conduct another PCR test after you have disembarked from your flight.
  • Following the PCR test, you will then need to register under the quarantine system. You will be provided with an electronic wristband, which you will need to wear throughout the ten-day quarantine period.
  • The health authorities will evaluate the most appropriate location for your quarantine. This may be your home, a hotel, or accommodation provided by medical authorities.
  • 6 days after your arrival into Abu Dhabi, you will need to conduct a second PCR test. A third PCR test will be required 12 days after arrival into Abu Dhabi for travellers that are staying for 12 days or more.
  • Should you receive a negative result, 10 days after your arrival into Abu Dhabi, the electronic wristband will be removed by medical authorities, and you can finish your quarantine period.

Important: Children under 12 years and people with severe and moderate disabilities are exempt from COVID-19 PCR testing before departure.

If you are visiting from one of the 'green' countries, regions and territories then you will be exempt from the quarantine period. However, you are required to present a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test received within 96 hours prior to your scheduled departure. Upon arrival, you will need to take a second test and self-isolate until the results of this test are received. 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.

For visitors entering from destinations not on the 'green' list, procedures include the following:

  • Ahead of travelling to Abu Dhabi, you are required present a negative PCR test result.
  • Depending on where you are flying from, your test must be carried out between 48, 72 or 96 hours ahead of your flight departure time. Always check in advance.
  • Upon arrival to Abu Dhabi, medical authorities will conduct another PCR test after you have disembarked from your flight.
  • Following the PCR test, you will then need to register under the quarantine system. You will be provided with an electronic wristband, which you will need to wear throughout the ten-day quarantine period.
  • The health authorities will evaluate the most appropriate location for your quarantine. This may be your home, a hotel, or accommodation provided by medical authorities.
  • 6 days after your arrival into Abu Dhabi, you will need to conduct a second PCR test. A third PCR test will be required 12 days after arrival into Abu Dhabi for travellers that are staying for 12 days or more.
  • Should you receive a negative result, 10 days after your arrival into Abu Dhabi, the electronic wristband will be removed by medical authorities, and you can finish your quarantine period.

 

Abu Dhabi Safety Initiatives

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

Additional Information

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

  • For latest travel updates and important airport information, visit Abu Dhabi Airport
  • For a detailed travel guide to Abu Dhabi, visit Etihad’s travel guide

For precautionary measures to keep yourself and those around you safe, please familiarise yourself with information from the following resources:

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