The Abu Dhabi Green Pass and Al Hosn Covid-19 app explained for visitors and residents in Abu Dhabi
From 20 August 2021 only those with green status on the Al Hosn app – a “Green Pass” will be permitted to access a variety of the city’s attractions and public spaces
The UAE’s Al Hosn app, which is the country’s official Covid-19 tracking app, provides details of an individual’s vaccination status and PCR test results.
According to the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee (NCEMA), from Friday 20 August 2021 presenting a “green pass” or “green status” on your Al Hosn app will be mandatory in order to access venues including:
- Restaurants, bars and cafés
- Hotels (and facilities within)
- Private beaches and swimming pools
- Shopping malls
- Large supermarkets
- Entertainment centres
- Public parks
- Public beaches
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How do I get “Green on Al Hosn?
Getting and maintaining “Green Status” or a “Green Pass” on your Al Hosn app involves being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a WHO approved vaccine and having a PCR test at least every 14 days (this used to be 30 days but was reduced to 14 days).
If you are not vaccinated or your first Sinopharm vaccine was greater than 6 months ago, your PCR test results conducted in the UAE will still appear in the app but your Al Hosn will appear grey. Grey prohibits entry to public buildings (you can still enter small supermarkets and pharmacies).
To regain your green status you must get a booster vaccine dose (or gain a medical exemption if there is a valid reason not to take the booster).
What if I turn Red on Al Hosn?
If you have a positive PCR test the Al Hosn app will turn Red and you will need to follow health department procedures.
Presently (as of February 2022) only those who are over 50, pregnant or who have chronic conditions must report to the COVID assessment centre immediately. This is at Mafriq Hospital, on the outskirts of the city. There are also assessment centres in Al Ain and Mafraq.
If your Al Hosn appears red but you are asymptomatic and not high risk, confirm your positive result with a second PCR test then self isolate. Retest on Day 6 if vaccinated or Day 9 if unvaccinated. Your Al Hosn will turn green again once you have two negative results at least 24 hours apart.
Some public buildings and events may require you to have a negative PCR test result within 48/72/96 hours, in addition to showing the Green Al Hosn – this seems to change regularly so check requirements if attending a particular large event.
Exemptions for the Green Pass
- If you have an approved exemption then you must get a PCR test every 7 days to keep your Al Hosn Green.
- Children under 16 can be registered on the app but do not need PCR tests or a vaccine to turn green.
- New residents have a 60 day grace period to get their vaccine schedule up to date.
Unvaccinated now have access to the Al Hosn Green Pass
If you are unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated, the Green Pass rules changed again on 25 March 2022. You can now get Green Status on Al Hosn app with a PCR test within 48 hours.
Tourists and unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals can now obtain the green status on #Alhosn app! For more information about the updated protocols, please visit the support center on your Alhosn app. pic.twitter.com/AdTs3khXAR— Al Hosn App (@AlHosnApp) March 24, 2022
Frequently asked questions on the Abu Dhabi Green Pass
This understandably still raises quite a few questions for tourists and residents.
It requires every person over the age of 16 to be in possession of a mobile phone, have internet access and a working Al Hosn App in order to prove their status. So what do you need to do if planning a trip to Abu Dhabi?
The Alhosn or Al Hosn App can be downloaded from Apple or Google Play store.
The app is “whitelisted” with telecommunication providers in the UAE so it will work even if you have no data or wifi connection. It will not work outside of the UAE.
Visitors to the UAE have been assured that even as non-residents they will have access to the Al Hosn app.
Although the Al Hosn app asks users to fill in their Emirates ID number, a “Unified ID” can be used instead. This number appears on your Visa document if you are arriving on a pre-arranged visit Visa.
For Visa on Arrival visitors who only get a passport stamp, you will now need to apply to the ICA at least 5 days in advance of your arrival to get your Unified Identification Number (UID). Once registered, passengers are issued with a QR code and can subsequently use the Al Hosn App.
This applies to ALL incoming passengers, adults and children [NB rules updated again on 27 August 2021, all arrivals including residents who were vaccinated in the UAE must now complete the online form].
At this stage, it’s not possible to show on the App any negative PCR test result received prior to arrival in the country. It will only start recording PCR test results after you are set up and in the country.
The age limit that has been set on the Green Pass being required is 16 years of age. Any person over 16 must be vaccinated and/or hold a negative PCR test result for the green pass to work and must have access to a mobile device to display their “Green Pass” – this can be added to another adults phone if they don’t have their own device.
Children under 16 should be added to a parents Al Hosn App using their Emirates ID or UID if a tourist. (NB the App may only allow the child to be attached to one phone number, this will be the number given when completing your forms or when a PCR test is taken).
The COVID-19 vaccination program in Abu Dhabi has currently been rolled out to children as young as 3 years old for Sinopharm and 5 yeas old for the Pfizer vaccine.
COVID-19 Vaccines are free to all residents and available at multiple hospitals and SEHA clinics across the city. Recently rules have changed so that those with expired visas can also receive the vaccine.
Please consult the official UAE Government website for further advice on eligibility if you’re a non-resident and any further information on Vaccines and PCR Testing in the UAE.
This information can now be pre-loaded in the Al Hosn App before you travel (those already in the UAE prior to 27 August 2021 can apply from within the UAE).
UAE residents who have received with a first dose or booster vaccines in another country are reporting difficulties in uploading their subsequent overseas vaccines in the Al Hosn App.
To resolve this, please visit a SEHA clinic in Abu Dhabi (no appointment needed). Medical staff will assess your vaccine details, upload them to Al Hosn and provide an exemption from needing a UAE booster after 6 months. This should keep your status Green after the 20 September 2021 grace period.
The critical part here is continuing to be regularly tested for COVID-19 and keeping your vaccine up to date.
The testing period stretches out after you’re vaccinated but does not disappear. If you receive Sinopharm first, your vaccine must be updated after 6 months. Whilst vaccinated, your negative PCR Test result only lasts for 30 days.
The PCR test can be taken at any SEHA (Government) clinic or drive through, or there are numerous hospitals and clinics offering the service privately.
It is a paid service unless you’re being seen symptomatically in a hospital where it may be covered by insurance. The standard price (now regulated) is 50 AED per PCR test. Results take around 12 to 24 hours to appear on the Al Hosn app.
No. Whilst Dubai residents and visitors can also use the Al Hosn app for collating their results, vaccine status and track & trace, the Green Pass system of needing to show your app has not been introduced as a mandatory requirement in Dubai or any other Emirate in the UAE.
Individual establishments in Dubai and the northern Emirates, depending on what sort of licence they have, may require you to show a negative PCR test result to enter. Bars, for example, have stricter requirements than restaurants.
The only place where you may want a green pass in Dubai for ease of access is Expo 2020 where proof of vaccine or current negative PCR is a requirement for entry.
Residents and visitors coming from Dubai to Abu Dhabi must first ensure they are following the correct domestic border crossing procedure as outlined here. From 28 February 2022 the domestic border was removed.
If you are able to cross the border into Abu Dhabi, the Green Pass rules then apply anywhere you visit in Abu Dhabi Emirate (this includes Al Ain).
If you are using the newly re-instated intercity bus service you will need to show your Green status Al Hosn at the bus station in Ibn Battuta and also have your latest PCR negative test result available for inspection at the Abu Dhabi land border crossing on the E11.
The Green Pass system was first introduced on 15 June 2021 with different categories for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals but was quickly put on pause. The latest iteration from Abu Dhabi Emergency Crisis and Disaster Committee now omits regular PCR testing for unvaccinated individuals from the Green Pass.
The only way to get your Al Hosn Green is to have a valid vaccination loaded or an exemption (with an up to date PCR test result if applicable).
If you have only received two doses of Pfizer and have not taken any previous vaccines (such as Sinopharm), it’s most likely you are due a booster dose. Since the Green Pass was introduced, they gave a one month grace period for Sinopharm recipients to get a booster.
This grace period has now ended. Now as a minimum you must have had your 2 doses of Pfizer + a booster after 6 months. If you go a day over that 6 months your app instantly turns grey.
If you had two doses of Sinopharm initially, then 2 doses of Pfizer, your app will remain green as long as you have regular negative PCR results at least every 14 days.
The best advice is to try and uninstall and reinstall the app again seems to resolve the issue.
The guidelines we have is that there is no getting around the presentation of your Green Pass; businesses that allow anyone to do so would face steep fines so the onus is on individuals to ensure they’ve got the app working before arriving or face being turned away.
Note that the app no longer allows you to screenshot, you must have an active app.
From within the Al Hosn App, you can send a PDF copy of your results to another device or App.
Al Hosn: 800 HOSN (800 4676 – within UAE only) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ministry of Health and Prevention: 800 11111 or email@example.com
SEHA COVID-19 enquiries hotline: 8001717
Al Hosn App issues: firstname.lastname@example.org or WhatsApp service 056 334 6740
We have gathered this information from publicly available sources. We cannot help with questions about your individual circumstances. Please see the Government contact details in the body of this article for further information.
Current Rules for Public Places in Abu Dhabi
With the introduction of the Green Pass, several restrictions have been eased and capacity limits increased at public places as follows:
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