Abu Dhabi authorities are working on resuming tourism activities across the emirate and opening travel for international visitors by July 1. According to a report by Arabic daily Emarat Al Youm on the sidelines of the Arabian Travel Market 2021, Abu Dhabi authorities are planning to remove quarantine requirements for international travellers in the coming weeks.
As per the regulations currently in place in Abu Dhabi, vaccinated travellers coming from 'green' countries are required to undergo COVID-19 PCR testing on arrival and on the sixth day of their stay in the emirate. With this protocol, they are not required to undergo quarantine in the emirate. These regulations came into effect on May 3, 2021.
In addition, vaccinated travellers arriving from countries other than those in the 'green' list are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival as well as on the fourth day of their stay. In addition, they are required to undergo mandatory quarantine in Abu Dhabi for five days.
It is important to note that these protocols are applicable to all vaccinated UAE citizens and residents who have taken their second vaccine dose at least 28 days prior to their travel. The vaccination details must be documented in a certificate on the Alhosn app.
For non-vaccinated UAE citizens and residents staying in Abu Dhabi and arriving from ‘green’ countries, they are required to take a PCR test upon arrival as well as on days 6 and 12 of their stay, without the need for undergoing quarantine in the emirate.
Non-vaccinated citizens and residents arriving from other countries must perform a PCR test on arrival as well as on day 8 of their stay. Furthermore, they are also required to undergo mandatory quarantine for at least 10 days.
Here are the 'green' countries as approved by the Abu Dhabi authorities:
· Hong Kong (SAR)
· New Zealand
· Saudi Arabia
· South Korea
· Taiwan (ROC)
· United Kingdom