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Updated July 2022

The Al Hosn app’s colour-coded system is 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.

Here we take a look at the Al Hosn app and what the green pass along with its three categories would mean for UAE residents and their ability to access public venues.

Al Hosn color-coded system explained

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has implemented a color-coded system into the Al Hosn app. The system allows users to promptly display their vaccination status as well as their latest PCR test results. The app features four colors – green, red, grey, and amber.

Concerning users’ PCR test results, the four colour codes integrated into the system are as follows:

Green

The user’s negative PCR test result is still valid with a negative test result being valid for 14 days. It also means that the holder has had their booster dose after six months of their last/second dose. 

Additionally, the green status is also granted to those who are officially exempted from vaccination and have a negative PCR test result from the past 7 days. 

All holders of the green pass are permitted to enter all public places.

Red

The user’s latest PCR test result is positive. After receiving a positive result, the user has not followed up with two negative PCR test results. A 24-hour duration is required between the two tests.

Grey

Those with a grey status are categorized as follows:

  • unvaccinated.
  • have not yet received a booster dose six months after their second dose of Sinopharm
  • fully vaccinated or officially exempted but the PCR test validity has expired
  • unvaccinated and in quarantine after travelling abroad
  • registered in the home quarantine program after coming into contact with a positive case

Amber

Indicates that user need to be tested or retested due to possible exposure to COVID-19

What is the Al Hosn green pass?

The Al Hosn green pass is a digital document accessible through the Al Hosn app. It is used in the UAE to prove an individual’s vaccination status.

The Al Hosn green pass are granted to individuals who come under any of the following categories.

Category 1

Individuals under this category should be:

  • fully vaccinated with a booster shot six months after taking their second primary dose
  • having a negative PCR test result is required every 14 days to maintain the green pass 

Individuals who have received both doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine and a booster shot will be considered fully vaccinated. Those who received their second vaccine dose 6 months prior are eligible for a booster shot.

Category 2

This category consists of those who are exempt from taking a COVID-19 vaccine: 

  • those with an official medical exemption with a negative PCR test result required every seven days
  • those who have recovered from a COVID-19 infection with a negative PCR test result required every 14 days

Category 3

Individuals in this category consist of non or partially vaccinated individuals. They will be able to obtain a green pass on the Al Hosn app provided they have received a negative PCR test result within 48 hours and by completing a disclaimer form. 

They can also obtain the pass to travel by completing a disclaimer form. The following categories of Emiratis must fill out the form before travelling:

  • those who are unvaccinated
  • those who have received only one dose.
  • those who have not received a booster dose of the vaccine six months after getting their second dose.

The feature comes after the UAE lifted a travel ban on unvaccinated Emiratis, allowing unvaccinated citizens to travel, provided they get a PCR test done within 48 hours of their flight.

Children below 16 years are eligible for a green pass without any PCR test requirement.

The benefits of Al Hosn green pass

The colour-coded system on the Al Hosn app is utilized to ease movement and enable tourism across the country. The Al Hosn travel pass is also compatible with the EU DCC and IATA Travel Pass systems. In addition to showing the vaccination certificate of the holder, the app is able to reveal the COVID-19 test result of the user.

Mandatory for Hajj pilgrims

An online Haj permit service has been launched on Al Hosn App in cooperation with the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments (GAIAE). The permit is mandatory for pilgrims flying out of the country for Haj.

The Green Pass protocol has been integrated with the e-permit within the app. Pilgrims who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and have received the booster doses as due will get the green e-permit on following four steps:

  1. Get a negative PCR test result no later than 72 hours before the date of travel.
  2. Attach certificates of obtaining a vaccine for meningitis (compulsory), and for seasonal influenza (optional) from a health centre approved by the ministry.
  3. Get a medical report certifying the pilgrim is fit to travel.
  4. Get a travel permit for Haj.

The permit will turn grey if:

  • The PCR test expires 72 hours before travel
  • Vaccine or booster doses have not been taken
  • The medical report is not obtained
  • Haj travel approval is not obtained from the competent authorities

Access to EmSAT pass

The EmSAT pass is also available for applicants who wish to safely enter EmSAT testing centres.

Entry to public areas 

The UAE government has dropped a few COVID-19 restrictions and the green pass is no longer required to enter Abu Dhabi. Most public establishments no longer use EDE scanners and thermal screenings to detect COVID-19 infection and to permit the entry of the public. Sanitizing and wearing face masks have been made optional in outdoor public areas.

Although, the green pass is still needed for access to shopping malls, hotels, public parks and beaches, as well as entertainment centres like cinemas, museums, restaurants and cafes.

Al Hosn as vaccine pass for travel to the EU

Vaccine certificates issued in the UAE have now been officially recognized and connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC) and will allow fully vaccinated UAE travellers to enter the EU member countries with little or no restrictions. This will render travel between the UAE and the EU much easier.

Obtaining the green pass on the Al Hosn app

Needless to say, to be able to obtain the green pass, individuals would first need to install and activate the Al Hosn app on their mobile devices. The process of doing this differs between UAE nationals/residents and visitors/tourists as follows. 

UAE Residents

Both UAE nationals and residents may simply download and install the Al Hosn app on either Google Play or App Store. Following installation, residents need to register and activate the app by entering their Emirates ID and their registered phone number.

Upon registration, their account is automatically linked to any testing or vaccination facility across the UAE. This enables residents to view their latest testing and vaccination status as soon as they have been made available. Residents may then obtain a QR code to share their test report or vaccination certificate.

Residents may also add family members such as parents and children, making all the family’s testing and vaccination information readily available within the app.

Should a holder meets the necessary testing and vaccination requirements, they will promptly receive their green status. Users can also share their vaccine exemption certificates with others in the same way that the app allows for the sharing of PCR test records and vaccination certificates.

To maintain their vaccination status, users must receive a booster dose if the second dose was administered six months or earlier. Booster shots are now mandatory for fully vaccinated UAE residents and nationals visiting Abu Dhabi. Those who wish to maintain a ‘green pass’ on the app must get their booster shots for all types of COVID-19 vaccinations.

Visitors and tourists

To be able to download and install the Al Hosn app, all foreign nationals visiting the UAE must first register their arrival and vaccination status via ICA Smart Services. The registration process must be completed before departure. 

International visitors and tourists coming travelling to Abu Dhabi, do not require a booster dose to enter the emirate.

Please do refer to our dedicated article on securing the green pass for tourists.

Maintaining your green status

According to the latest updates announced by the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee, the PCR test validity of Green Pass has now been decreased from 30 to 14 days effective 15 June 2022. However, people are advised to wear facemasks in closed areas.

Therefore, a negative PCR test on the Al Hosn app will get the fully vaccinated arrivals a green status for 14 days. Additionally, a 100 percent operating capacity is returning to tourist attractions and events and commercial activities in Abu Dhabi.

For non-vaccinated individuals, the Al Hosn app still requires them to receive a negative test every 14 days to keep the green pass active.

Fully vaccinated individuals will receive their green pass following the administering of their booster dose although it is also contingent upon a recent negative PCR test. If you have received your second vaccine dose in the last 28 days, your green pass will remain for 14 days after the last negative COVID-19 test result. Not having a negative PCR test within a 14-day period will render their Al Hosn app grey.

Those who are both unvaccinated and are not exempt must conduct a test every three days to maintain their green status. The green pass will be active for 7 days after the last negative COVID-19 test result.

Recent Covid-19 recoveries

Since many recovered COVID-19 patients continue to test positive for some time, the Al Hosn app provides users with two options to return from the red to green status to visit public places:

  • once you tested positive for COVID-19, you can quarantine for 10 days until your status automatically turns green on day 11. You will then continue to have a ‘green status’ for 14 days after which you will need to undergo a PCR test every 14 days to maintain the ‘green status’ on Al Hosn
  • if you have recovered completely within 10 days, you have the option of taking 2 negative PCR tests which will result in a ‘green status’ on the app for 14 days. In the next 60 days, you will then need to undergo a PCR test every 14 days to maintain the green code.

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 are exempt from taking a vaccine or booster dose for 90 days.

 

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