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Abu Dhabi Entry Rules for COVID

Abu Dhabi remains the safe, awe-inspiring and culturally rich destination you last visited. We are now open to all travellers and ready to welcome you. Find out about the procedures to keep you safe while travelling to and across our emirate.

No test to fly to Abu Dhabi if you’re fully vaccinated

As of 26 February 2022, you no longer need a test before you fly to Abu Dhabi if you are fully vaccinated.

If you are not fully vaccinated, you must present a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours, or a COVID-19 recovery certificate. Your recovery certificate must be dated within 30 days of departure and have a QR code. Children under 12 are exempt.

It is now no longer mandatory to take a PCR test upon arrival in Abu Dhabi International Airport. However, the testing facility remains at the airport for any visitors that wish to take a PCR test to activate their Green Pass in Al Hosn app and facilitate access to Abu Dhabi's public places and tourist attractions. The cost of this PCR test is AED 40.

There is no need to re-test whilst in Abu Dhabi.

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Entry to Public Places

Entry to most public places and attractions in Abu Dhabi is only allowed for those who have ‘Green’ status on the Al Hosn app, which requires following the approved testing requirements:

  • Vaccinated travellers must receive a negative PCR test result every 14 days to maintain ‘Green’ status.
  • UAE residents need to take a timely vaccine booster shot to maintain 'Green' status on the Al Hosn app. This requirement does NOT apply to tourists.
  • Visitors with an official vaccine exemption must receive a negative PCR test result every 7 days to maintain ‘Green’ status.
  • Anyone who is unvaccinated must take a PCR test every 48 hours to maintain 'Green' status on the Al Hosn app.
  • 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 Al Hosn app.

Entry to Public Places

There are clear guidelines in place for access to the majority of public places in Abu Dhabi - these include 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 the Al Hosn app to show their ‘Green’ status.

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.

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The Al Hosn App

The Al Hosn app is the official COVID-19 results app for the UAE. Safe, secure, and designed to safeguard both your health and your privacy. Make sure you download and register on the smartphone app before your journey. It will keep you safe and make your Abu Dhabi trip smooth and secure. Al Hosn provides you with quick access to:

  • Your COVID-19 test results
  • Your PCR test report and vaccination certificate
  • Various Abu Dhabi attractions

The Al Hosn App
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Abu Dhabi’s protocol for mask-wearing

Wearing a face mask in outdoor spaces is optional. However, face masks are required in all indoor spaces and physical distancing should be observed. There are exemptions for:

  • 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)

Abu Dhabi’s protocol for mask-wearing
Learn more about COVID safe travel to and in Abu Dhabi 
 
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Travelling to 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, download the Federal Authority of Identity and Citizenship (ICA UAE Smart) app or visit the ica.gov.ae website 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 Al Hosn app, which enables users to show test results and vaccination status and is used to enter public places in Abu Dhabi.
  • 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 - as well as a negative PCR test result within the last 14 days
  • 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 the Al Hosn app
  • It is now no longer mandatory to take a PCR test upon arrival in Abu Dhabi International Airport. However, the testing facility remains at the airport for any visitors that wish to take a PCR test to activate their Green Pass in Al Hosn app and facilitate access to Abu Dhabi's public places and tourist attractions. The cost of this PCR test is AED 40
  • You can then depart the airport and wait in your accommodation for the results
  • If the result is negative, Al Hosn 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
  • 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

  • Take a PCR test within 48 hours of departure from origin destination and only fly if the test result is negative or if you have a COVID-19 recovery certificate. Your recovery certificate must be dated within 30 days of departure and have a QR code
  • Unvaccinated travellers are welcomed to Abu Dhabi with no quarantine measures
  • It is now no longer mandatory to take a PCR test upon arrival in Abu Dhabi International Airport. However, the testing facility remains at the airport for any visitors that wish to take a PCR test to activate their Green Pass in Al Hosn app and facilitate access to Abu Dhabi's public places and tourist attractions. The cost of this PCR test is AED 40 via SMS
  • 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
  • Please note: certain public places are limited to those with 'Green' status on the Al Hosn app. These include 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
  • Unvaccinated travellers need to take a PCR test every 48 hours to maintain 'Green' status

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

Abu Dhabi Safety Initiatives

The safety and wellbeing of our residents and visitors have always been and continue 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.

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

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

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