Updated Procedures to Enter Abu Dhabi – February 2021

The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has updated procedures to enter the emirate from within the country, effective from Monday, 1 February. The decision aims to enhance precautionary measures to contain and eliminate the spread of Covid-19. For those who do not take the required tests are liable for fines.

The procedures continue to allow entry into the emirate within 48 hours of receiving a negative PCR test result. Those remaining in the emirate for 4 days or more, must take a PCR test on day 4 of entry, and another PCR test on day 8 of entry for those staying for 8 days or more. The day of arrival into Abu Dhabi is counted as first day.

The updated procedures allow entry into the emirate within 24 hours of receiving a negative DPI test result, but DPI tests cannot be used to enter two consecutive times. Those entering Abu Dhabi using a DPI test and staying for more than 48 hours, must take a PCR test on day 3 of entry, and another PCR test on day 7 if staying for 7 days or more.

The procedures apply to all UAE citizens and residents, except for volunteers in vaccine clinical trials and those vaccinated as part of national vaccination programmes who have active icons (gold star or letter E) on Al Hosn app, and should adhere to their respective protocols.

Those arriving internationally from countries on the green list are required to take a PCR test on arrival and again on day six in the country but do not need to quarantine.

Those arriving from all other countries must quarantine for ten days and get a PCR test on day eight to end quarantine on day ten.

All drivers of trucks and vehicles transporting goods to enter Abu Dhabi must show a negative PCR test result received in the last 7 days. Drivers who took vaccination will be offered a free PCR test every 7 days.

Under the new procedures, which came into place on Monday February 1, all those showing a negative test at the border are required to show a test result on the Al Hosn application.

The free to download mobile app is available for both Apple and Android devices and provides real time data on testing in the UAE. Anyone who gets a test will have the results updated on the app as soon as the result is available. 

Abu Dhabi police have asked the public to use the application to show results instead of text messages or certificates.

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