Abu Dhabi Opens For Tourism: Check Guidelines And FAQs

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“Abu Dhabi remains to be the safe, awe-inspiring and culturally rich destination you last visited. The kingdom is ready and open to welcome you once again, says the official Abu Dhabi tourism website.

The country followed the successful implementation of stringent precautionary measures to curb the spread of Covid-19, and announced that it would be open for international tourists again from December 24.

The emirate’s media office issued an updated advisory on quarantine and travel procedures required for entry into the emirate. Here’s all you need to know.

No quarantine if travelling from countries on the ‘green’ list

Any visitors travelling from countries on the ‘green’ list – will be exempt from quarantine requirements and can enter the destination by following a series of procedures that include COVID-19 tests.

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Below is the full list of ‘green’ countries that you can travel from if planning a trip to Abu Dhabi:

  • Australia
  • Brunei
  • China
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Hong Kong
  • Malaysia
  • Mauritius
  • New Zealand
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam
Travelling from countries outside the ‘green’ list

Travellers from outside the ‘green’ list can still travel into Abu Dhabi but following the latest protocols and guidelines. For more info please click here.

Travel Procedures:

Before making any travel arrangements to Abu Dhabi, please ensure the following:

  1. Contact your airline for important travel information and familiarise yourself with the guidelines and regulations set by relevant authorities
  2. Ensure you meet entry visa requirements to visit the UAE. You can check your visa requirements here
  3. If you are travelling with Etihad Airways, you’ll be covered by Etihad’s COVID-19 global wellness insurance cover. Cover is included with every Etihad Airways ticket for travel up to 31 March 2021 – click here.
  4. Etihad Airways has introduced a comprehensive Wellness guide, with all the information you need to know about travelling safely (read more on Abu Dhabi’s travel guide here).
Ahead of departure

Travellers to Abu Dhabi will be required to present a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test received within 96 hours prior to their scheduled departure.

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Airport Arrival

Upon entering the emirate, travellers will be given a PCR test at the airport and must wait for the negative result to be received. International travellers from countries on the ‘green’ list, will no longer be required to self-isolate upon receiving a negative result. Travellers from other countries will be required to self-isolate for 10 days only.

All travellers will need to take a PCR test on day six for those staying for six days or more, and on day 12 for those staying for 12 days or more.

Departure from Abu Dhabi

Please ensure you are familiar with the travel and health requirements of the destination you are headed to.

Some FAQs:

What are the PCR test requirements for those outside the ‘green’ list once inside the capital?

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The same PCR test requirements will apply once inside the capital. Travellers will need to take a PCR test on the sixth day after arrival into Abu Dhabi. If staying for 12 days or more, another PCR test will need to be done on day 12.

How long will the wristband need to be worn for?

Passengers will need to wear the wristband for the duration of the quarantine period. After they present a negative PCR test result 10 days after arrival into Abu Dhabi, they can have the electronic wristband removed by medical authorities.

Is anyone exempt from the PCR tests?

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Yes. Children under 12 years and people with severe and moderate disabilities are exempt from COVID-19 PCR testing before departure.


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