Abu Dhabi drops quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated travellers

Sep 3, 2021

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Fully vaccinated travellers can add one more destination to their list of possible travel options — Abu Dhabi.

From Sunday 5 September,  the capital of the United Arab Emirates will no longer require guests from abroad to quarantine upon arrival, provided they are fully vaccinated. Those visitors will simply have to show proof of vaccination as well as a negative PCR test (taken 48 hours before departure) when they arrive. Unvaccinated travellers from countries on Abu Dhabi’s green list (which does not currently include the United Kingdom) can also skip quarantine, but must take a PCR test when they arrive and again on Day 6.

However, travellers who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 and have arrived in Abu Dhabi from non-green list destinations must still quarantine for 10 days, and take a PCR test on Day 9.

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Vaccinated citizens, residents and visitors arriving from green list destinations must take a PCR test when they arrive without having to self-isolate. They will need another test on day 6, if they are staying in the emirate. Guests coming from other destinations will have to take a PCR test on arrival without the need to quarantine, and then be tested again on days 4 and 8, if they are staying in the emirate.

The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee approved the change in protocols. The lifting of the quarantine mandate removes a major obstacle for anyone considering a trip to the UAE. It’s especially helpful for anyone planning to visit the popular city of Dubai, which is less than 80 miles away. For some travellers who struggle to find affordable fares or good points options for flights to Dubai, heading to Abu Dhabi and then taking a taxi is a useful alternative.

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The United Arab Emirates is currently on the U.K. government’s amber list meaning fully vaccinated travellers will not need to quarantine on their return to the U.K. though will still need to take a pre-departure test as well as a day 2 after arriving into the U.K.

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