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Abu Dhabi

Travel to Abu Dhabi during Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

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TRAFFIC LIGHT STATUS: Green

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Proof of vaccination:

YES

Test pre-travel:

YES

Form pre-travel:

YES

Test on arrival:

YES

Screening on arrival:

YES

Quarantine on arrival:

YES

Test during stay:

YES

RETURN REQUIREMENTS

Test pre-return travel:

YES

Test on return:

YES

Quarantine on return:

YES

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Proof of vaccination:

If you have been fully vaccinated then you may be able to follow different entry requirements to enter this country.  Please read the 'Test time' and 'On Arrival' sections under Entry Requirements for the full details.

Test pre-travel: PCR Test
PCR Test locations: https://covidtraveladvice.kuoni.co.uk/pcr-test-locations
Test time:

All tourists must present a negative PCR test for COVID-19 on arrival. The test and negative PCR certificate must be issued no more than 2 days (48 hours) prior to departure.

If you are transiting through Abu Dhabi to your final destination, then you will still need a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued no more than 3 days (72 hours) prior to travel.  Please check your final destination information page for their testing requirements as you may be able to use the same test for both entries. This information will apply to both your outward and return flight.

On arrival:

Travellers who are fully vaccinated

You can use your COVID pass to show that you are fully vaccinated for travel to Abu Dhabi.  You should complete the pre-arrival form with all the information requested.  Upon arrival you will need to take a PCR test at the airport and take further tests on day 4 and 8 if staying in Abu Dhabi.  You do not need to quarantine, unless tested positive.

Children under 12 do not need to take a PCR test upon arrival.

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated.

You will need to wear a medically approved wristband given on arrival and must been worn during the isolation period for 10 days and take a test at a designated venu3 on day 9.  If negative you will be able to remove the wristband.

All arrivals should download the Alhosn app which can be found in all smart phone app stores.  This will show your green status if vaccinated and also your test result if not vaccinated.

Form pre-travel: Traveller Health Declaration must be completed 24 hours prior to arrival.
Traveller Health Declaration: https://smartservices.ica.gov.ae/echannels/web/client/guest/index.html#/registerArrivals
RETURN REQUIREMENTS
Test pre-return travel:

If you are fully vaccinated and returning from a Green / Rest of World list country, then you will not need to take a pre-departure test before returning to the UK.  Children aged 17 and under are also exempt, regardless of their vaccination status if returning to England, Scotland or Wales.  If you are returning to Northern Ireland and are aged 11 or over, then you must take a pre-departure test before you return.

If you are returning back from a red list destination, or are not fully vaccinated, then you must take a test and return a negative result within the 3 days (72 hours) before you depart to the UK. You will be required to show your test results before you board the return flight home.

The test must meet the performance standards of above 97% specificity and above 80% sensitivity at viral loads above 100,000 copies\ml. The test can be a PCR test, a LAMP test or an antigen test, such as a test from a lateral flow device as long as they meet the performance standards

Your test result can be provided as:

  • a printed document
  • an email or text message you can show on your phone - make sure your device is charged

Many hotels around the world will be able to assist in arranging the test for you, either by having a doctor to visit the hotel, or directing you to the nearest clinic and booking an appointment for you.

It is advisable to speak with the hotel once you arrive on the options available to ensure you are able to book an appointment for an appropriate time.  There are also companies who will provide you with a test from the UK and arrange a video call in your destination to verify the test and the result.

Test on return:

You will be required to take a test on your return back to the United Kingdom.  The details of which will vary as below, depending on the classification of the country you are arriving from. 

Green / Rest of World list countries

Travellers who are fully vaccinated

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the green / ROW list, then you will be required to undergo a further COVID-19 PCR test at your own expense on or before day 2 of your return into the country.  You must ensure that this test is booked before returning to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  You may need to place the confirmation reference number on your Passenger Locator Form.  This need to be completed and submitted before your departure home.

If you are returning back to England from the 24th October 2021, then you will be able to book and undergo a lateral flow test at your own expense on or before day 2 of your return.  You will still need to book this test before returning to England and place a confirmation reference number on your passenger locator form.  If you are returning to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you must continue to follow the PCR guidance as above.

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the green / ROW list, then you will be required to undergo 2 further COVID-19 PCR tests at your own expense on or before day 2 and also on day 8 of your return into the country.  You must ensure that this test is booked before returning to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  You may need to place the confirmation number on your Passenger Locator Form.  This will need to be completed and submitted before your departure home.  You will also need to follow the quarantine requirements, detailed in the 'Quarantine on return' section.

If you are aged between 5 and 17 and reside in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, then you will need to book and pay for a day 2 test on your return to the UK.  If you are aged between 11 and 17 and reside in Scotland, then you will also need to book and pay for a day 2 test on your return to the UK.  Anyone under these ages (10 and under in Scotland and 4 and under everywhere else - will be exempt from these tests)

Red list countries

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the red list then you will need to ensure you have booked yourself into government approved hotel quarantine for a 10 day period whether you are fully vaccinated, or not.  You will be required to undergo 2 further COVID-19 PCR tests at your own expense on your return to the country in your quarantine hotel.  These tests will need to be taken on or before day 2 and on day 8 of your 10 day quarantine period.  You must ensure that your hotel quarantine. along with your test package is booked before returning to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  You will need to place the confirmation reference number on your Passenger Locator Form.  this needs to be completed and submitted before your departure home to the United Kingdom.

Quarantine on return:

Green / Rest of World List countries

Travellers who are fully vaccinated

If you are able to prove that you have been fully vaccinated in the United Kingdom, then you will not need to quarantine on arrival back into England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  This also applies to children aged 17 and under regardless of their vaccination status.

To be classed as fully vaccinated, at least 14 days must have passed since the second of your two dose vaccination was given.

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated

If you are not fully vaccinated, then you will need to complete 10 days of quarantine at home once you arrive back into England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  You may be able to take a test on day 5 which will release you from quarantine early if negative.

Red list countries

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the Red list, then you will be required to book yourself into a government approved hotel quarantine for a 10 day period.  This must be booked before you travel to the country.  You will also need to follow the testing guidance as above.  The cost of the hotel quarantine is to be covered by the traveller.  This applies to all travellers whether you are fully vaccinated, or not.  Children will also need to follow these rules.

FURTHER INFORMATION
Foreign Office Advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/united-arab-emirates
Local regulations:

Most shops, restaurants and tourist attractions are open but COVID19 restrictions and requirements have been introduced to stop the spread of the virus.

Social distancing and wearing a facemask is mandatory in all public areas.

from the 20th August, you will be required to show proof of vaccination to enter theme parks, museums, cultural centres, restaurants, cafes, shopping centres and other shops.

Remember to check countries you’re due to transit through as well as your destination.

The Information contained on this page is accurate to the best of our knowledge. It is provided as guidance only and is subject to review and change. Please check with official sources before booking and again regularly prior to travel, as information and requirements can change frequently and with little notice. Please visit the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office website at gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice or visit gov.uk/travelaware for country-specific information.

Last updated: 05.10.2021 at 12:48