Abu Dhabi sets comprehensive new COVID-19 travel guidelines
As cooler temperatures attract more visitors to Abu Dhabi this winter season, the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has released a comprehensive guide for vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors to ensure a simplified and stress-free trip to the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
When planning a trip to Abu Dhabi, all incoming tourists are reminded to first check the DCT Abu Dhabi destination website for the latest travel guidelines and necessary Covid-19 precautionary measures.
For those entering Abu Dhabi via the Dubai/Abu Dhabi Road entry point, DCT Abu Dhabi has designated the far right lane (Lane 1) as the tourist lane.
This lane also has a designated guest service desk and officials to ensure seamless entry into the emirate and meet any challenges.
Vaccinated tourists must show proof of their full (double) vaccination status via official vaccination certificate from their country of origin via mobile app or physical certificate and present a negative PCR test result obtained within the last 14 days, or a 48-hour negative PCR test obtained from the tourists’ country of origin. Unvaccinated visitors can enter with a negative PCR test obtained within the last 96 hours.
*First, check that the UAE officially recognizes your vaccine. Abu Dhabi accepts vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health and Prevention Society (MOHAP).
All quarantine procedures for all vaccinated travelers (and unvaccinated travelers from green list countries) have been lifted, allowing seamless entry into Abu Dhabi. To view the Green List, please visit here.
*Travelers must download the Federal Identity and Citizenship Authority (ICA UAE Smart) app or visit the ica.gov.ae website to complete the “Registration of Arrivals Form” 48 hours prior the date of the trip. All travelers will have to validate their vaccination (or exemption) 48 hours before the trip via these platforms.
They will be asked to submit personal information, passport details, travel itinerary, address in Abu Dhabi and a copy of their vaccination certificate. These will need to be approved before the traveler embarks on their journey. The average processing time for requests by the medical committee is 48 hours.
* Being allowed to fly. Travelers must take a PCR test within 48 hours of departure and fly only once a negative test result has been received.
* Trip to Abu Dhabi.
* PCR test on arrival. Upon arrival at Abu Dhabi International Airport, travelers will be required to take another PCR test (only children under 12 and people with official exemptions are exempt). This PCR test is readily available in the terminal and free, with results received within 90 minutes. Travelers can leave the airport and wait in their accommodation for the results.
*Green List vs. Non-Green List Countries. If the traveler is from a greenlisted country, they will need to take another PCR test on day 6. If they are from a non-greenlisted country, they will need to take another PCR test on day 4 and 8. Arrival day is day 1.
These tests can be taken either at one of the city’s test centers or at their convenience in their hotel room.
* Access to Abu Dhabi attractions. To enter public attractions in Abu Dhabi, the majority of which only allow access to vaccinated visitors, visitors will need to present proof of their (dual) vaccination status via the official vaccination certificate from their country of origin. origin or through their home country’s COVID response mobile app along with a negative PCR test result, obtained within the last 14 days.
For unvaccinated regional and international incoming tourists and business travelers, the rules for flying into Abu Dhabi International Airport include.
*Get Authorized to Fly – Travelers must take a PCR test within 48 hours of departure and only fly once a negative test result has been received.
*Travelers must download the Federal Identity and Citizenship Authority (ICA UAE Smart) app or visit the ica.gov.ae website to complete the “Registration of Arrivals Form” 48 hours prior the date of the trip. They will be asked to submit personal information, passport details, travel itinerary and address in Abu Dhabi. These details will need to be approved before the traveler embarks on their journey. The average processing time for requests by the medical committee is 48 hours.
* PCR test on arrival. Upon arrival at Abu Dhabi International Airport, travelers will be required to take another PCR test (only children under 12 and people with official exemptions are exempt). This PCR test is easily available in the terminal and free. Results must be received within 90 minutes.
*Green List vs Non-Green List Countries and Quarantine Measures.
“If the unvaccinated traveler is from a greenlist country, they will need to take another PCR test on days 6 and 9 (day of arrival is day 1). They will not be required to self-quarantine “DCT Abu Dhabi officials said. .
“If the unvaccinated traveler is from a country not on the green list, they will be required to undergo quarantine measures. Once they receive their PCR test result on arrival: – If negative , he can go to his accommodation and self-quarantine for 10-days,” they said.
-If positive, they will be fitted with a wristband to wear during their 10-day quarantine period.
-Both positive and negative travelers will be required to take a second PCR test at a SEHA Prime testing facility on Day 9. If the traveler was previously positive and is now showing a negative, they may remove their wristband.
Additionally, if travelers transited through a Green Listed country from a non-Green Listed country to Abu Dhabi but spent less than ten days in the Green Listed location before arriving in Abu Dhabi, they have yet to complete quarantine in Abu Dhabi. However, any time spent in the green-listed country before arriving in Abu Dhabi will count towards the 10-day quarantine period.
* Unvaccinated tourists will not have access to attractions except hotel rooms, but not restaurants and hotel facilities.
For regional and international inbound tourists and business travelers entering Abu Dhabi via Dubai or other emirates, the rules include:
*They will need to follow the same guidelines as vaccinated and unvaccinated international travelers traveling direct, plus a few additional measures on the ground, including: 1. Be cleared to fly.
Depending on the country of departure or the airline, travelers may be required to take a PCR test within 48 hours of departure, with a mandatory negative result. Travelers are advised to check official channels or airline requirements prior to travel. Information on who should be tested before traveling is available on Emirates Airline’s COVID-19 Information Centre.
* Registration and Personal Information Sharing: Download the ICA UAE Smart app or visit the website to complete their “Arrival Registration Form” 48 hours prior to travel date.
* PCR test on arrival. Depending on the traveler’s country of departure, a PCR test may be required upon arrival at Dubai International Airport or Sharjah International Airport. If they take the test at the airport, they must stay at their hotel until the results are received. If positive, the traveler will be isolated and follow Dubai Health Authority guidelines.
* Entry Point Scan – All passengers will be scanned by an EDE mobile scanner at the emirate’s entry point. Anyone with potential virus symptoms will be sent for a free rapid antigen test, with results delivered within 20 minutes. If the test is positive, they can continue their journey to Abu Dhabi but must self-isolate either in a quarantine hotel or in their accommodation, if visiting friends or family.
*Documents to be presented: Vaccinated tourists must present proof of their full (double) vaccination status via the official vaccination certificate from their country of origin via mobile application or physical certificate and present a negative PCR test result obtained in the last 14 days. While unvaccinated tourists can enter by presenting a negative PCR test result obtained within the last 96 hours.
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