If you are traveling to Abu Dhabi anytime soon, take note of the new requirements to enter the capital from other parts of the country. These measures came into effect last Sunday, 17th January 2021.
The decision was made by the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis, and Disasters Committee, as part of the efforts to curb and eliminate the spread of COVID-19. More details are given below.
Abu Dhabi Issues New Entry Requirements
The announcement was made by the Abu Dhabi Government Media Office through its website and social media channels. Below is a quick rundown of the new measures:
- The traveler must take a COVID-19 test (PCR or DPI) and get negative result.
- He/She must enter Abu Dhabi within 48 hours of receiving the result. (Previously, the “window” was 72 hours). The first day of entry into the emirate will be counted as Day 1.
- On the fourth day of entry (Day 4), a PCR test is mandatory. This applies to anyone who is staying in the capital for four or more consecutive days.
- On the eight day of entry (Day 8), another PCR test is mandatory. This is in addition to the test on Day 4, and applies to those who are staying in the capital for eight or more days.
NOTES: Failure to take the PCR test on Day 4 and Day 8 will result in corresponding fines.
As an example, if you are entering Abu Dhabi on a Monday (Day 1) and staying for four or more consecutive days, you will need to take a test on Thursday (Day 4). Likewise, if you are staying for eight or more consecutive days, you will need to take another test on Monday (Day 8).
Here is an infographic on the new entry requirements, as shared by Abu Dhabi Media Government Media Office on Twitter:
The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has updated procedures to enter Abu Dhabi from within the country, effective from Sunday, 17 January, as part of the proactive efforts and precautionary measures to contain and eliminate the spread of Covid-19. pic.twitter.com/MIkfqUEDZg
— مكتب أبوظبي الإعلامي (@admediaoffice) January 16, 2021
Exceptions to the Rules
The above measures apply to all UAE residents, including citizens, returning residents, tourists, and visitors. However, the following people are exempted from the new entry rules:
- Those who have been vaccinated as part of the COVID-19 national vaccination program; and
- Volunteers in the vaccine clinical trials who have active icons (letter “E” or gold star) on AlHosn app.
Once again, take note of these measures when planning a trip to Abu Dhabi. Also, keep in mind that all of these rules are implemented for everybody’s health and safety, not just in the capital but in the entire UAE.