Relaxed AD entry measures come into effect

DG Staff

ABU DHABI 24 December 2020: Entry restrictions into Abu Dhabi have been relaxed effective 24 December 2020, and international tourists, residents and travellers from selected destinations can enter the emirate without the need to self-isolate for 14 days.

According to the Abu Dhabi Emergency Crisis and Disasters Committee, the list of countries eligible for entry without quarantine, referred to as ‘green’ countries, will be reviewed by the Department of Health on a two-week rolling basis. Travellers from ‘green’ countries will need to self-isolate until they receive a negative PCR test result. Those entering the emirate from countries not on the ‘green’ list will be subject to a reduced quarantine period of 10 days.

Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “With Abu Dhabi at the forefront of the global response to Covid-19, the approach to managing the pandemic has positioned the capital as one of the safest cities in the world to visit. The gradual reopening of our border cements the rigorous health and safety measures we have implemented across the airline…”

Airport Arrivals

On arrival into Abu Dhabi International Airport, all passengers will undergo thermal screening and Covid-19 PCR testing. This applies to all arrivals, excluding children under 12.

Once passengers arriving from ‘green’ countries receive their negative test results, they will be allowed to enjoy Abu Dhabi without the need to quarantine or wear a medical wristband.

Guests staying more than six days must conduct another PCR test on day six and then again on day 12 for longer stays. Tests start from Dh85 in the UAE.

UAE residents who have participated in the vaccination trials or National Vaccination Programme are also exempt from quarantine in Abu Dhabi.

“As we approach the winter break and get ready to mark the end of a challenging year, the time to welcome the world to Abu Dhabi is now. We are tremendously grateful for the ongoing support of the Abu Dhabi authorities and will continue to work closely with them to ensure the highest level of safety measures are maintained,” Douglas added.

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