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Updated 12 August 2021

The Al Hosn app has received a new major feature in the form of a colour-coded system designed to reflect vaccination-related status and validity.

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

Latest Updates on Al Hosn

On 10 August, the UAE’s COVID-19 contract tracing app, Al Hosn, has been updated with important new features. The ‘green pass protocol’ status is now based on PCR test results as well as vaccination status. Starting August 20, entry to most public places in Abu Dhabi is limited to those vaccinated, exempted from vaccination and participants in vaccine trials. Proof must be shown via the Al Hosn app.

The updated Al Hosn app also displays vaccination information, certificate, travel history and a live QR code. Users can also add their parents and children to the app. Users can log in using their Emirates ID, unified ID and phone number.

 

Al Hosn colour-coded system explained

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has recently approved a major update to be implemented into the Al Hosn app. The colour-coded system will allow users to promptly display their vaccination status as well as their latest PCR test results. The app features three colours – green, red or grey.

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

  • Green: The user’s negative PCR test result is still valid
  • Red: The user’s latest test result is positive, which means further COVID procedures will need to be carried out.
  • Grey: The validity of the negative PCR test result has expired

 

What is the green pass?

Concerning the vaccine administration, the green pass will reflect six categories of inoculation including those that are fully vaccinated, those awaiting their second dose or who are late for their second dose appointment, those exempt from receiving the vaccine and those not vaccinated.

Furthermore, these six categories will also show when the person was vaccinated, which will determine how long their green status will be valid. Details are as follows.

Category 1

Fully vaccinated individuals. Those belonging to this category are individuals who have received their second dose at least 28 days earlier or are volunteers in vaccine trials. A negative PCR test result will see the Al Hosn app displaying a green status for as long as 30 days as well as showing the active icon (letter E or gold star) for seven days.

Category 2

These are individuals who have received their second dose less than 28 days prior; a negative PCR test result will see the Al Hosn app displaying a green status for 14 days.

Category 3

Individuals who have only received the first dose; a negative PCR test result for those in this category waiting for their second dose appointment will see the Al Hosn app displaying a green status for seven days.

Category 4

Individuals late for their second dose appointment by 48 days or more with a negative PCR test result will see the Al Hosn app displaying a green status for three days.

Category 5

This category is reserved for those exempted from taking the vaccine. Combined with a negative PCR test result, the Al Hosn app will display a green status for seven days.

Category 6

Unvaccinated individuals. Those opting out of vaccination but with a negative PCR test result will prompt the Al Hosn app to display a green status for three days.

 

The benefits of Al Hosn green pass

Authorities have stated that the colour-coded system on the Al Hosn app will ease movement and enable tourism across the country. This is in line with the government’s recent announcement of allowing only vaccinated individuals to attend live events. 

As of late, the Al Hosn app has been widely used by both business establishments such as bars and clubs in Dubai as well as border authorities for those looking to travel to States neighbouring Abu Dhabi.

The emirate of Abu Dhabi has also recently announced its approval of implementing the green pass as a requisite for entry into a number of public venues. The green pass will be used for access to shopping malls, hotels, public parks and beaches, as well as entertainment centres like cinemas, museums, restaurants and cafes.

 

Al Hosn green pass for tourists

Now that the measure has been officially implemented, most public venues and establishments as outlined above will now check visitors and guests for their green passes. Since tourists are also subjected to the same requirements as citizens and residents, they must register to the Al Hosn app to validate their COVID vaccination and test status.  

Tourists can do so by inputting their Unified Identity Number (UID) into the app, which is the number used by Emirati authorities to identify all arrivals into the country. This number can be found on the visa page, the entry stamp on the passport, or provided by the immigration authorities at the airport.

To acquire the green pass, tourists must download the Al Hosn app before they depart or immediately after arriving in the UAE. Once the app has been installed, tourists may simply utilize their UID number and their mobile phone number to complete their registration.