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Updated 7 June 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 scraped 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

As of 26 February 2022, travellers entering the UAE are no longer needed to present a negative result of the RT-PCR test if they are fully vaccinated.

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

The following COVID-19 PCR testing guidelines apply to UAE citizens, residents and tourists arriving at Abu Dhabi:

Vaccinated travellers

Vaccinated travellers coming from all countries will need to follow the guidelines mentioned below:

  • 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. Tourists must register their documents on this website at least 5 days before their departure date.
  • 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. Visitors must be vaccinated to enter the majority of public places
  • 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

Unvaccinated travellers

Unvaccinated travellers coming from all countries will need to follow the guidelines mentioned below:

    • 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 40via 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 vaccinated, exempt or children. 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.

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 quarantine. Those who undergo an RT-PCR rest in Dubai (random) and Sharjah (mandatory) must quarantine themselves until they receive a negative result. If the test result is positive, they must stay in isolation for as many days as prescribed by the emirate of their residence. Violating home quarantine rules would make the offender liable to a fine of AED 50,000.

If they have tested positive on arrival, they will be provided with a wristband. On day 9 of their quarantine, they must take another PCR test at a SEHA Prime Testing Facility. Once the test result is negative, they can remove the wristband at the same facility.

The institutional quarantine ends once the result of the PCR test has been proven negative. 

Exemptions

In some cases, travellers may be exempt from PCR testing before departure or after their arrival to Abu Dhabi. Following are the exemptions for PCR testing:

  • Children under 12 and those with medical exemptions do not need to undergo COVID-19 PCR testing before departure.
  • Children under five are exempt from both pre-departure and post-arrival testing. However, if found symptomatic for COVID-19 on arrival or during the home quarantine period, they shall undergo testing and follow all COVID-19 protocols.
  • Individuals entering the emirate from other areas of the UAE.<strong

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