Quarantine & PCR Testing In Abu Dhabi: All The New Rules You Need To Know While Arriving From Overseas

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
by Vaishnavi Venkataraman 4280

With countries slowly opening up, a lot of us are finally planning much-awaited trips to visit out family. Tourists are also looking to visit the UAE for summer holidays. However, with the ever-changing rules and regulations, planning can be tough. Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has updated travel procedures for UAE citizens and residents as well as visitors entering Abu Dhabi from abroad. There are a few protocols that need to be adhered to. Read on.

Also read: Facemask Rules & Exemptions You Must Know While Travelling To, From Or Through The UAE


What Are The Rules For Vaccinated & Unvaccinated Passengers Arriving In Abu Dhabi?

As of 15 August, vaccinated travellers arriving in Abu Dhabi from a green list destinations must take a PCR test on arrival without the need to quarantine. Besides, they must take another PCR test on day 6.

Unvaccinated passengers arriving from a green list country must take a PCR test on day six after arriving in the capital and day nine. Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi Approves FREE Covid-19 Vaccine For Visit Visa Holders.

Also read: Airports In India Rush To Set Up PCR Test Stations Ahead Of India-UAE Flights

What Are The Rules For Vaccinated & Unvaccinated Passengers Arriving From A Non Green List Country?

Vaccinated passengers arriving from a non-green list country must quarantine for seven days and take a PCR test on arrival and on day six. Unvaccinated passengers must quarantine for 10 days (earlier it was 12 days), take PCR tests upon arrival and on day nine.

Travellers who are required to quarantine must wear a tracker bracelet, in order to ensure isolation orders are not broken. Individuals found to be breaking the rules will face heavy fines.

What Are The Rules For Travelling To Abu Dhabi By Road?

Those returning to Abu Dhabi from a non green list country within the last 12 days must follow the same rules as above. Besides, travellers might also be asked to stay in Dubai until they complete the quarantine period (10 0r 7 days depending on vaccination status).

What Are The Countries On Abu Dhabi’s Green List?

  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong (SAR)
  • Hungary
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Maldives
  • Mauritius
  • Moldova
  • New Zealand
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan, Province of China
  • Ukraine
  • United States of America

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