Abu Dhabi: No Quarantine For Citizens From Green List Countries But PCR Tests Mandatory 

A green list is a list of countries that are considered at lower risk for Covid. Anyone returning from a green list country to Abu Dhabi does not have to quarantine, including those who are unvaccinated. 

Since September 2021, all vaccinated travellers have been exempted from quarantine but PCR tests are compulsory. 

Vaccinated travellers who return from a green-list country must take a PCR test on arrival and again on day six. Tests are free on arrival and in Seha screening centres. 

Unvaccinated people returning from a green-list country must take a PCR test on arrival and also on days six and nine, with day one counting as the day of arrival. People are considered unvaccinated if they have not had a booster within six months of their first two doses. 

In addition to quarantine, all those who are unvaccinated who return from countries not on the green list must take a PCR test on arrival and again on day nine. 

All travellers flying into Abu Dhabi must also take a PCR test, 48 hours before their flight departs. As of January 3, the list comprises 71 countries. 

If an unvaccinated passenger comes from a country not on the green list he must go into quarantine for 10 days and will be monitored with a tracking wristband. They can do this at home if they have a bedroom and private toilet. If they do not have suitable accommodation anywhere then the same will be provided by the government. 

The rule also applies to tourists. Al Hosn app is used in Abu Dhabi to ascertain a person’s vaccinated status to enter public places. 

They can do this by initially visiting the ICA website or app, which will ask applicants to provide their passport details, as well as the name of the vaccination and dates of the first, second and third doses, where applicable, along with their vaccination card. 

Applicants will receive an SMS confirmation with a link to the Al Hosn app. This must be downloaded before travel. It collates information such as PCR test results and vaccination status. 

Those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (with the final dose having been received at least 28 days before travelling), are not required to quarantine when travelling between Abu Dhabi and Bahrain, Greece, Serbia, and Seychelles. 

Abu Dhabi’s green list is updated regularly and changes are based on the health measures and safety in countries of origin. 

The new list coincides with the UAE announcement that citizens will be barred from leaving the country starting Jan. 10 if they are not vaccinated. 

Travellers from most countries on the green list are eligible for a visa on arrival. They can fly to Abu Dhabi and head to the immigration department. 

Children under 12 are exempt from testing unless they show symptoms. 

Below is the updated Green List

Albania, 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, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Province of China, Tajikistan, Thailand, Yemen, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uzbekistan 

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