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Updated 6 June 2022

Abu Dhabi, the wealthiest emirate in the UAE, continues its tradition of heavily investing in environmental, cultural and educational innovations.

The emirate is so much more than merely the UAE’s capital or Dubai’s closest neighbor; home to the world’s largest hand-woven carpet, the fastest roller coaster, the leaning tower, the first universal museum in the Arab World, Abu Dhabi establishes itself as a city set to lay claim on a number of world records.

As the world prepares to once again visit Abu Dhabi, the emirate is also rolling out safety rules and precautions to welcome visitors.

Here is your guide to a COVID-safe journey to Abu Dhabi, from the current prevailing measures to the upcoming lifting of quarantine for international arrivals.    

Travelling to Abu Dhabi 

As of 26 February 2022, Abu Dhabi has scrapped the green list of countries which was introduced to determine which travellers may enter the emirate without going through a quarantine.

Inbound travellers to Abu Dhabi are no longer need to take a PCR test or present the Al Hosn Green Pass on arrival. It is now optional and available on the airport at a cost of Dhs40.

Abu Dhabi entry requirements

All foreign travellers wishing to enter Abu Dhabi must ensure that they are eligible for a visa on arrival prior to their departure. 

Other requirements include a UAE approved vaccine (for fully vaccinated arrivals), a recovery certificate with a QR dated within 30 days or a negative PCR test (for unvaccinated arrivals) obtained within 48 hours of departure.

Finally, it is also required to download and install the Al Hosn app to verify their vaccination status.  

Abu Dhabi quarantine measures

Vaccinated travellers

– Abu Dhabi accepts the vaccines approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Ministry of Health and Prevention Society (MOHAP).

– 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.

-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.

Non-vaccinated travellers

-Unvaccinated traveller must 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. The 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 visitor who wants to take a PCR test to activate their Green Pass in Al Hosn app.

Please note that children under 12 years and people with severe and moderate disabilities are exempt from COVID-19 PCR testing before departure and on arrival. Certain public places in Abu Dhabi are limited to those vaccinated, exempt or children. 


The Al Hosn App

The Al Hosn app’s colour-coded system has been designed to reflect vaccination-related status and validity. The app grants the green pass to anyone able to satisfy the UAE’s test and vaccination requirements. It is also essential for travel into public places within Abu Dhabi.

For residents, the Alhosn app requires an Emirates ID number. While tourists will need to use the UID number from their visa.

The Green Pass on the Alhosn app can be attained by anyone regardless of vaccination status. However, the extent of your COVID-19 vaccine cover will dictate how long the Green Pass is active for. Read more about the Al Hosn app in our article below:

Green Pass on Al Hosn App Explained: What the New Color Codes Mean