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Updated 10 October 2022

As international travel begins to restart once again, countries all over seek to contain the spread of COVID-19 by issuing guidelines for incoming foreign nationals. Most destinations now require travellers to have a negative COVID-19 test certificate and follow strict safety protocols on arrival to gain entry to their territory.

However, Abu Dhabi scrapped the COVID-19 testing for incoming travellers from all over.  Here are the latest guidelines for PCR test entry requirements in Abu Dhabi.

PCR testing requirements in Abu Dhabi

Vaccinated travellers

You no longer need a test before you fly to Abu Dhabi if you are fully vaccinated.

Unvaccinated travellers

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.

What about testing at the airport?

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.

Testing in quarantine

Passengers arriving in Abu Dhabi do not need to undergo quarantine on arrival and COVID-19 testing is optional.

Travellers who fall ill with COVID-19 while in Abu Dhabi should locate their nearest medical facility and follow the required health protocols. 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. If you are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, it is not mandatory to take a test.

Individuals infected with COVID-19 will now need to isolate for 5 days and mandatorily wear a mask. In addition, any close contact will only need a PCR test if they possess COVID-19 symptoms; however, PCR tests are recommended for close contacts from the vulnerable categories (including the elderly and people of determination).


Children under 12 and those with medical exemptions do not need to undergo COVID-19 PCR testing before departure or at the airport.

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