Procedures differ for vaccinated and unvaccinated passengers to and from the capital



By Waheed Abbas

Published: Thu 17 Feb 2022, 08:49

Abu Dhabi authorities are updating the “green list” of countries for inbound travel repeatedly to screen foreign passengers arriving in the capital to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

On Tuesday, Abu Dhabi again updated the “green list” of countries where it listed nearly six dozen countries in the category.

Since foreign travelers coming to the capital of the United Arab Emirates will face different rules and restrictions depending on the country they are arriving from, here is a guide to check before embarking on their trip.

What to check before flying to Abu Dhabi?

Travelers should check if their original destination is on the “Green List”. Foreigners must take a PCR test within 48 hours of departure from their original destination. They will only be allowed to fly if the test result is negative. Children under 12 and those with medical exemptions do not need to undergo a PCR test before departure.

Travelers should also 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 before the date of the trip.

Additionally, upon arrival at Abu Dhabi International Airport, visitors should download and register on the Al Hosn app as it provides quick access to Covid-19 test results and access to various attractions at across the emirate.

What is a “green list”?

People visiting Abu Dhabi from countries, regions and territories on the “green list” will face reduced restrictions and will not be required to undergo quarantine. Visitors from non-greenlisted countries are still welcome in Abu Dhabi, however, other restrictions will apply to them.

How many countries are on the “green list”?

Since February 15, 2022, 72 countries are on the “Green List”. Although most of the major countries are on the list, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh are not.

The countries listed in the “green list” are Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burma, Cambodia, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic. , Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR), Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Countries Netherlands, Morocco, Norway, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Ireland, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Seychelles, Taiwan (Province of China), Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Yemen, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United States and Uzbekistan.

Travel Corridor Country:

Abu Dhabi has listed four countries – Bahrain, Greece, Serbia and Seychelles, in the travel corridor countries. Therefore, travelers from countries that have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (last dose received at least 28 days before travel), they will not be required to quarantine upon arrival.

Are you vaccinated?

Vaccinated “Green List” travelers do not need to quarantine upon arrival, but will need to be tested upon arrival at Abu Dhabi airport and then again on the sixth day of your trip. Vaccinated travelers from destinations not on the “green list” must be tested upon arrival at Abu Dhabi airport and on the fourth and eighth days of their trip.

To validate vaccination or exemption certificates, travelers should download the Federal Identity and Citizenship Authority (ICA UAE Smart app) or visit the ica.gov.ae website to complete the registration of arrivals” and attach their vaccination certificate(s) for approval. They must do so 48 hours before departure.

You are not vaccinated?

Unvaccinated travelers from “green list” countries and regions are welcome to Abu Dhabi without quarantine measures, however, they must take a PCR test on the sixth and ninth days of your trip. Unvaccinated travelers arriving from countries not on the green list must undergo quarantine measures for 10 days with a PCR test to be carried out on the ninth day.

Children under 12 and those with medical exemptions do not need to undergo the Covid-19 PCR test before departure.

How do I access public places?

Entry to most public places and attractions in Abu Dhabi is only permitted for those who are fully vaccinated, officially exempt from vaccination, under the age of 16 and those who also have “green” status on the Al Hosn’s application, which requires vaccinated travelers must receive a negative PCR test result every 14 days to maintain “green” status.

The PCR test must have been performed in the UAE.

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Visitors with an official vaccine exemption must receive a negative PCR test result every 7 days to maintain “green” status. The PCR test must have been performed in the UAE. Children under the age of 12 are automatically given “Green” status without the need for vaccinations or a PCR test. Children between the ages of 12 and 15 do not need to be vaccinated but must take a PCR test to receive “green” status on the Al Hosn app.

Wearing a mask and exemption:

All residents and foreigners of Abu Dhabi must wear masks in public places. However, there are exemptions for children under two years old, people with severe disabilities and people with respiratory symptoms.

– waheedabbas@khaleejtimes.com