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Dubai: If you are about to fly in to Abu Dhabi, it is important to note the new guidelines that have been issued for international passengers. The guidelines were announced on December 22 and will be applicable from December 24, 2020.

Here is all you need to know about the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test, quarantine and re-test requirements for travellers.

Before departure

International travellers will be required to present a negative PCR test result received within 96 hours of their scheduled departure.

Upon arrival

Passengers will then need to take a second PCR test upon entering the emirate.

Self-isolation requirements

Travellers from ‘green’ countries will be allowed into the emirate when they receive a negative test result. Travellers from other countries must self-isolate for 10 days. Country classifications will be reviewed every two weeks.


According to the website of Etihad Airways, if you are exempt from quarantine, you must take a COVID-19 PCR test on Day 6 and Day 12 of your arrival into Abu Dhabi. If you’re part of the National Vaccination Programme you’ll only need to test on day 6. 

If you are required to quarantine, you must take a COVID-19 PCR test on day 8. You will be notified of the date and location of your appointment by text message.

The ‘green’ list

According to the Abu Dhabi Media Office the list of ‘green’ countries will be reviewed every two weeks and will be updated on Abu Dhabi’s tourism website www.visitabudhabi.ae

The following countries have been included in the ‘green’ list in the update posted by the website on March 22:

• Australia

• Bhutan

• Brunei

• China

• Greenland

• Hong Kong (SAR)

• Iceland

• Mauritius

• Morocco

• New Zealand

• Saudi Arabia

• Singapore