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Updated 8 November 2022
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries have established digital apps that aid in identifying those exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and prevent further transmission. UAE’s Al Hosn app is the official contact tracing app for health testing related to COVID-19.
Here we take a look at the Al Hosn app – where you can download it and what you can use it for.
What is the Al Hosn app?
Al Hosn is the official contract tracing app in the UAE and enables users to access COVID-19-related information such as their health status. The color-coded system (green, grey or red) is based on the user’s most recent COVID-19 test and vaccination status. With the Al Hosn app, you can share your test report or vaccination certificate and use the live QR code.
The app also allows you to add family members so that you can access all the family’s health information in one place.
Al Hosn app for visitors
As a second phase towards easing of restrictions, and after nearly two-and-a-half years of stringent Covid-19 restrictions, the UAE authorities have now announced the lifting of all Covid-19 precautionary measures and rules.
As a part of this, the Al Hosn application will be limited to proof of vaccination certificates and test results inside and outside the country upon request, and the green pass is NO longer required to enter public facilities and sites.
— NCEMA UAE (@NCEMAUAE) November 6, 2022
Therefore, travellers can now enter public places like shopping malls, restaurants, entertainment venues and establishments without the need to present the green pass on their Al Hosn app.
However, as announced by the authorities Covid-19 PCR testing and treatment health facilities will continue to operate and the five-days isolation period for those infected with Covid-19 will still be implemented.
Furthermore, face masks are now optional in all open and closed facilities in the UAE, including places of worship and mosques.
Al Hosn travel pass
The Al Hosn travel pass is available on the app and can be used by those travelling out of the UAE. The ‘travel pass’ in an international vaccine certificate that proves your immunization status or COVID-19 test results. The travel pass can be recognized by IATA travel pass members and EU DCC member countries. Before travelling from the UAE, we advise you to check with your airlines and destination country to confirm if they officially accept the Al Hosn travel pass.
Al Hosn app download
Al Hosn is currently available in Arabic, English and Hindi. Apart from the Al Hosn web app, you can also download the Al Hosn app on the following:
- Apple Users: App Store (for iPhone/iOS users)
- Android users: Google Play Store (Android users)
- Huawei users: Huawei App Gallery
- Samsung users: Samsung Galaxy Store
Al Hosn app login & registration
To register on the Al Hosn app, you must enter your Emirates ID and the phone number linked to it. You can use the Unified Identification Number (UID) if you are not a citizen or resident in the UAE. You will receive the UID on arrival at any UAE airport or via the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) website.
Here’s how you can register and use the Al Hosn app in the UAE:
- Install the Al Hosn application
- Register yourself on the app using your Emirates ID or UID
- You will then receive an OTP on your smartphone for verification purposes.
- Enter the OTP to verify your account.
- Turn on your Bluetooth to complete registration.
- The app will then issue a unique QR code which will be paired with the app’s colour-coding system, which is used to determine the user’s health status.
Once you register on the app, you can link your vaccine certificate and also see COVID-19 test results that you have taken in any medical facility in the UAE.
Al Hosn app green pass
The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has implemented a colour-coded system into the Al Hosn app. The system allows users to display their vaccination status and latest PCR test results promptly. The app features three colours – green, red and grey.
The Al Hosn ‘Green Pass‘ is a digital document accessible through the Al Hosn app. The green pass is essentially a digital pass confirming that the user is both fully vaccinated and tested negative for the viral infection. The green pass is accessible through the Al Hosn app.
However, the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA), recently announced that all restrictions and precautionary measures related to COVID-19 in the UAE have been lifted.
Effective 7 November 2022, travellers in Abu Dhabi are NO longer required to show the Al Hosn green pass to enter public spaces. Therefore, travellers can now enter public places like shopping malls, restaurants, entertainment venues and establishments without the need to present the green pass on their Al Hosn app.
Read more about the ‘Green Pass’ and colour codes here:
Al Hosn app green pass validity
The validity of the green pass on Al Hosn following a negative test result from a fully vaccinated individual is 30 days.
Is Al Hosn app different from the green pass?
The green pass is a digital document available on the Al Hosn app. It is used in the UAE to prove an individual’s vaccination status.
Citizens and residents in UAE must ensure that they take a timely vaccine booster shot to maintain their ‘Green Pass’ on the Al Hosn app. This requirement does not apply to visitors.
Al Hosn app vaccine status
The Al Hosn app provides you with a complete history of your PCR tests in the UAE and the current validity of your vaccination status. To maintain your green pass status, you must take a booster shot at least 6 months after your last vaccination dose.
Users can easily download, print and share their vaccination records via email, message etc. Al Hosn app also allows users to easily remove any additional ICA/ICP uploaded vaccine doses or extra vaccine doses by following a few simple steps. Apple users also have the additional feature to link their vaccine certificate to their Apple Wallet via the Al Hosn app.
Al Hosn app UAE fines
The Al Hosn app is mandated in some places in the UAE. Those who violate the use of the Al Hosn app could be applicable certain fines or penalties. Illegally extracting, altering or hacking data from the software’s mechanism could lead to fines of up to AED 20,000