The Abu Dhabi Green Pass and Alhosn Covid-19 app explained for residents and newcomers to Abu Dhabi
From 20 August 2021 only those with green status on the Alhosn app – a “Green Pass” will be permitted to access a variety of the city’s attractions and public spaces
The UAE’s Alhosn 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” on your Alhosn 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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Getting and maintaining “Green Status” or a “Green Pass” on your Alhosn app involves being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a WHO approved vaccine and having a PCR test at least every 30 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 Alhosn will appear grey. Grey prohibits entry to public buildings (you can still enter small supermarkets and pharmacies).
If you have a positive PCR test the Alhosn app will turn Red and you will need to report to the nearest COVID assessment centre immediately.
Some public buildings may require you to have a negative PCR test result within 48/72/96 hours, in addition to showing the Green Alhosn.
Exemptions for the Green Pass
- If you have an approved exemption then you must get a PCR test every 7 days to keep your Alhosn Green.
- Children under 16 do not require a PCR test for green status.
- New residents have a 60 day grace period to get their vaccinne.
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 Alhosn App in order to prove their status. So what do you need to do if planning a trip to Abu Dhabi?
We’ve done our best to update this information as of the system launch date of 20 August 2021:
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 Alhosn app.
Although the Alhosn 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 Alhosn 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 Alhosn 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 as far as children of at least 12 years of age. Predominantly residents have been given either Sinopharm or Pfizer vaccines.
Sinopharm has also been introduced for those aged 3+. The administering of vaccines in under 12’s was only introduced in August 2021 and still ongoing, it is not compulsory or required for Al Hosn.
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 Alhosn 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 Alhosn 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 Alhosn 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 Alhosn app.
No. Whilst Dubai residents and visitors can also use the Alhosn 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, 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.
Residents and visitors coming from Dubai to Abu Dhabi must first ensure they are following the correct domestic border crossing procedure as outlined here.
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).
You should have the Alhosn app on your phone ready for the border crossing which will demonstrate that your vaccinated and tested within 48 hours.
If you are using the newly re-instated intercity bus service you will need to show your Green status Alhosn 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 Alhosn Green is to have a valid vaccination loaded or an exemption (with an up to date PCR test result if applicable).
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 Alhosn 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 email@example.com
Ministry of Health and Prevention: 800 11111 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SEHA COVID-19 enquiries hotline: 8001717
Alhosn App issues: email@example.com or WhatsApp service 056 334 6740
The system is still very new so will no doubt have some initial teething issues but is designed in the interest of public safety and will assist in the further opening of Abu Dhabi’s borders.
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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