Current Abu Dhabi Entry Requirements

  • Residents returning to Dubai still need to get approval before travelling. Those returning to other parts of the UAE no longer need to get approval 

  • The Dubai authorities have issued visit and tourist visas since 6 July 2020. The Abu Dhabi authorities have issued visit and tourist visas since 24 December 2020 

    • All arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for up to 10 days on arrival although arrivals from certain countries as listed on the Visit Abu Dhabi website will not be required to isolate. The UK was removed from this list on 13 June 2021. This means that all arrivals in Abu Dhabi from the UK will be required to wear a medically approved wristband for the duration of their quarantine. The wristband will be provided at Abu Dhabi airport after clearing immigration. Arrivals under the age of 18, over the age of 60, diplomats or those suffering from a chronic disease will be exempt from having to wear the wristband.

    • Travellers arriving in Abu Dhabi will also be required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, complete a period of self-isolation or quarantine and, depending on the length of their stay, have up to two further COVID-19 PCR tests. More information about quarantine and testing requirements for travellers to Abu Dhabi is available on the UAE Government Portal. Further information is also available on the Etihad Airlines website including a guide for arrivals in Abu Dhabi.

    • Please be advised that on 14 June 2021, the government of Abu Dhabi announced the implementation of new Covid protocols for entry into public spaces with the use of a "Green Pass System",

      which is applicable to tourists and residents alike. The system, which has been designed to enhance public safety across the emirate, came into effect on 15 June 2021 across all tourism, hospitality, leisure establishments,

      which include hotels, public parks, beaches, shopping malls, restaurants, amusement parks, museums, cinemas and other public spaces.

      The "Green Pass" system requires all residents and tourists in Abu Dhabi to install the Al Hosn app, which will allow them to enter any establishment that requires it when they present an activated green pass.

      Tourists can register themselves on the Al Hosn app by entering their Unified Identity Number (UID), which is used by UAE's immigration authorities to identify a person entering the country.

      The UID can be found either on the entry stamp in the passenger's passport or on the visa page and can be provided by immigration authorities at the airport as well.

      The pass on the app is activated once the tourist receives their result from a PCR test conducted at Abu Dhabi International Airport upon arrival, following which they are categorized under one of the following colour codes based on the results.

      Green: The individual has been tested negative for Covid-19.

      Red: The individual has been tested positive for Covid-19.

      Grey: The validity period for the "Green Pass" has expired and a new PCR test is required to reactivate it

    • If you’re travelling from the UAE to other countries that require a negative COVID-19 PCR test before arrival, you must have a negative test result within 96 hours of your departure from the UAE 

    • You should check specific requirements with your airline before you travel 

    • Travelers who test positive for COVID-19 on arrival in the UAE will be required to quarantine for at least 10 days even if they had a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travelling

      On return to the UK, you will need to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test before boarding the plane in Abu Dhabi, taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure  

    Returning to the UK 

    From 17 May, the rules for people arriving in England from abroad are changing.

    What you need to do depends on where you have been in the 10 days before you arrive. If you have been in a country or territory on the:

    You must follow these rules even if you have been vaccinated.

    Find out what list the country you’ve been in is on and what you need to do.

    Until 17 May, you must follow the current testing and quarantine rules.

    Important Information

    Government Laws and local restrictions regarding country entry requirements are continually changing. Always check the Embassy website for the country you wish to visit or the FCDO website: for the latest travel advice and entry requirements.

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