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Updated 6 September 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 or if you are fully vaccinated, 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

Abu Dhabi’s green list includes:

  1. Albania
  2. Armenia
  3. Australia
  4. Austria
  5. Bahrain
  6. Belgium
  7. Bhutan
  8. Brunei
  9. Bulgaria
  10. Canada
  11. China
  12. Comoros
  13. Croatia
  14. Cyprus
  15. Czech Republic
  16. Denmark
  17. Finland
  18. Germany
  19. Greece
  20. Hong Kong (SAR)
  21. Hungary
  22. Indonesia
  23. Italy
  24. Japan
  25. Jordan
  26. Kuwait
  27. Kyrgyzstan
  28. Luxembourg
  29. Maldives
  30. Malta
  31. Mauritius
  32. Moldova
  33. Monaco
  34. Netherlands
  35. New Zealand
  36. Norway
  37. Oman
  38. Poland
  39. Portugal
  40. Qatar
  41. Republic of Ireland
  42. Romania
  43. San Marino
  44. Saudi Arabia
  45. Serbia
  46. Seychelles
  47. Singapore
  48. Slovakia
  49. Slovenia
  50. South Korea
  51. Sweden
  52. Switzerland
  53. Taiwan, Province of China
  54. Tajikistan
  55. Turkmenistan
  56. Ukraine

Remember that exemptions apply only for passengers coming from countries on the green list. Exemptions are not based on citizenship.

Abu Dhabi has also established quarantine-free travel corridors for fully vaccinated travellers (final dose received at least 28 days before travel) with:

  • Bahrain
  • Greece
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles

 

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 (unless you are travelling from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Nigeria and Uganda) 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

You can fly to Abu Dhabi if you are a UAE national or resident, you are eligible for a visa on arrival or you hold a visit visa for Abu Dhabi. If you are a tourist, your visa must be issued in Abu Dhabi.

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.

 

Entry from banned countries

The UAE has eased restrictions placed on inbound travellers from six banned countries, as announced by the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA).

Fully vaccinated residence visa holders from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Nigeria and Uganda can return to Abu Dhabi if they have obtained pre-entry approval from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA). Note that Dubai visa holders from said countries must also obtain pre‑entry approval through the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA).

 

Abu Dhabi quarantine and testing regulations

Guidelines for vaccinated passengers

  • If you are coming from green countries, you do not need to quarantine yourself. However, you will need to do an RT-PCR test on arrival and on day 6 from arrival.
  • If you are coming from other countries, you do not need to quarantine yourself. You will need to do an RT-PCR test on arrival, day 4 and day 8 from arrival.

To be fully vaccinated, you must have received two doses of the same vaccine at least 14 days before departure. Information about the vaccine must be documented on the Al Hosn app.

Guidelines for non-vaccinated passengers

  • If you are coming from green countries, you do not need to quarantine yourself. However, you will need to do an RT-PCR test on arrival, days 6 and 9 from arrival.
  • If you are coming from other countries, you must quarantine yourself for 10 days. Additionally, you will need to do an RT-PCR test on arrival and on day 9 from arrival.

If you have arrived from a country that the UAE authorities deem are high-risk, then you will be subject to quarantine at a government facility.

The vaccinated 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.