23 December 2020
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Following the successful implementation of strict precautionary steps to prevent the spread of Covid-19, Abu Dhabi declared that it would again welcome foreign visitors, beginning on December 24.

The media office of the Emirate released an updated guideline on the quarantine and travel protocols needed for entry into the Emirate. Here's what you need to know.

Travelers coming from "green" list countries

  • Travelers to Abu Dhabi from the 'green' list of countries will be allowed to enter with a clear negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours of their scheduled departure.
  • They will need to take a second test and self-isolate until they receive the results.
  • Suppose the results of both PCR tests sent by foreign travelers—one taken 96 hours before departure and one on arrival—is negative. In that case, they will no longer be needed to quarantine for 10 days after entering Abu Dhabi.
  • There's no need to take PCR on Day 4 and Day 8; the updated rules clarify that all passengers would only need to take a PCR test on Day 6 for those staying for six days or more and on Day 12 for 12 days or more.

Travelers coming from countries that are not on the 'green' list

  • They will need to submit a negative PCR test result before they fly to Abu Dhabi.
  • The test must be carried out either 48, 72, or 96 hours in advance of the scheduled departure, Depending on the country of birth.
  • After arriving in Abu Dhabi, a further PCR test will be carried out by medical authorities after the travelers have departed their flight.
  • Like "green" countries travelers, travelers of non-green countries will need to take a PCR test on the sixth day of their arrival in Abu Dhabi. If they stay for 12 days or more, another PCR test will have to be conducted on day 12.


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

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