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Al Hosn Green Pass Requirements Removed in Abu Dhabi

by Abu Dhabi Travel Planner Team

The news we’ve been long awaiting; at last, we can freely move around the emirate of Abu Dhabi in public spaces without the need for a “green pass,” nor masks, as almost all COVID restrictions have been lifted.

In the next stage of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) announced on 6 November that effective from 6:00 AM on 7 November 2022, a Green Pass on Al Hosn is no longer required to enter public places.

Since August 2021, the need to provide a “Green Pass” on an app called Al Hosn was compulsory for all residents and visitors to show they had been recently PCR tested and were negative for COVID-19 as part of strict public safety measures.

The requirement to wear masks in most indoor situations was removed on 28 September 2022.

What COVID Rules Still Apply in Abu Dhabi?

Whilst this comes as great news, visitors to Abu Dhabi should still be aware of the following:

  • Face masks are only mandatory in health facilities and centers for people of determination.
  • In all other open and closed facilities, the wearing of face masks is now optional.
  • COVID-19 PCR testing and healthcare facilities will continue to operate.
  • If you do contract COVID in Abu Dhabi, there is still a compulsory 5-day isolation period.
  • Sports events and activities may still request pre-examinations or vaccination certificates in accordance with the type and importance of the activity.

You can find all the past and present COVID rules and requirements for Abu Dhabi here

So What Next for Abu Dhabi?

A packed events calendar is already scheduled for winter 2022-23 with a huge wine up from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix taking place on 20 November through to the stage sensation, The Lion King debuting at Etihad Arena and more garden-style concerts and festivals than you can imagine!

Find out more about upcoming events here:

Before you go… Important things to consider planning a trip to Abu Dhabi

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