Updated 14 June 2021
The capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, has reopened for international travels. But while tourists and residents alike are permitted to enter Abu Dhabi, strict measures extending to PCR tests and quarantine are currently in effect. It’s worth noting that these measures also apply to travellers from neighboring Dubai.
However, if you are travelling to Abu Dhabi from a country on the green list, you would not need to serve quarantine. The following is the full list of green countries, regions and territories allowed entry into Abu Dhabi.
Green List UAE
As of 14 June, Abu Dhabi’s green list includes:
- Hong Kong (SAR)
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
- Taiwan (ROC)
- United States
Remember that exemptions apply only for passengers coming from countries on the green list. Exemptions are not based on citizenship.
Abu Dhabi entry regulations
Only UAE nationals, residents with a valid residence visa, and those who are eligible for a visa on arrival can enter the UAE through Abu Dhabi’s airports. All other types of visas remain suspended. If you are travelling to Abu Dhabi, you must follow these additional rules:
- have a negative PCR test result issued within 48 hours of departure or a negative DPI test result issued within 24 hours of departure
- download the ALHOSN UAE app on your mobile phones before you travel to Abu Dhabi
- undergo a thermal screening and another COVID-19 PCR testing on arrival at Abu Dhabi airport
Travelling to Abu Dhabi no longer requires approval from Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA). However, you are recommended to visit uaeentry.ica.gov.ae and submit your passport number and Emirates ID number to receive instant verification of your entry status.
Visa requirements for the green-listed countries
Travellers from most countries on the green list are eligible for a visa on arrival. They can simply fly to Abu Dhabi and head to the immigration department.
Travellers from the countries mentioned below, however, will need to apply for a visa pre-departure-
Azerbaijan, Bhutan, China, Cuba, Greenland, Israel, Mauritius, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan (ROC), Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.
Abu Dhabi quarantine and testing regulations
Passengers travelling from countries on the green list need not quarantine on arrival in Abu Dhabi. However, they will still need to take an RT-PCR test on arrival.
However, vaccinated passengers from green-listed countries have been given relaxations in testing requirements. Apart from the airport test on arrival, they only have to take more on day 6 of their stay. Unvaccinated passengers, on the other hand, need to take two tests on day 6 and day 12, over and above the airport test.
The protocol applies to all vaccinated UAE citizens and residents in the emirate of Abu Dhabi who received their second vaccine dose at least 28 days earlier, which is documented in the vaccine report on the Alhosn app.
Children under 12 are exempt from testing unless they show symptoms of coronavirus.