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Quarantine & Entry Requirements into Abu Dhabi

by Abu Dhabi Travel Planner

Updated rules from 24 December 2020

In an ongoing effort to control the spread of coronavirus, the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has strict testing and quarantine measures in place for visitors and returning residents.

International arrivals into Abu Dhabi

For resident visa holders and tourists to Abu Dhabi

The rules are frequently changing, with the latest updated taking effect from 24 December 2020 as follows:

  • If you are from a “Green List” country you only need to self-quarantine until you get a negative PCR result after arrival
  • Arrivals from all other countries must self-quarantine for 10 days; a further PCR test is required on day 6 and day 12 if staying for 12 or more days.

Travelling to Abu Dhabi from Dubai or the Northern Emirates?

The border between Abu Dhabi and Dubai was closed in June 2020. It subsequently reopened in July 2020, however, you must now provide a negative COVID test result to cross from Dubai and the northern emirates into Abu Dhabi.

There has been an adaption to the rules travelling between Dubai and Abu Dhabi from 24 December.

Testing is still required both in order to enter Abu Dhabi and if you stay in Abu Dhabi for more than 6 days, a further PCR test is required.

You can learn more about exactly how the domestic border crossing process works here.

Note if you are travelling from Abu Dhabi to Dubai there is no border testing required travelling in this direction.

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