Abu Dhabi Green List Update

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There are now 95 countries on the Abu Dhabi Green List…

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi’s (DCT) has updated its Green List’ of countries, regions and territories for October.

Updates to Abu Dhabi’s entry policy have meant that since early September fully vaccinated individuals, have not been required to quarantine, regardless of nationality and or where they have come from.

To qualify as ‘fully vaccinated’ the jabs must have been one of the vaccines must be approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The WHO has currently approved six Covid-19 vaccines for emergency use: Oxford–AstraZeneca (including Covishield), Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinopharm-BBIBP, Moderna, Sinovac, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). You’ll need to have had both doses more than 28 days ago and

And with a straightforward way for international visitors to upload vaccine certificates to their entry data — now is the Time to visit Abu Dhabi.

What is the Green List?

The Abu Dhabi ‘Green List’ of countries is a collection of international territories that have been deemed as a low-risk of bringing Covid-19 into the emirate. The list is compiled through a thorough analysis of pandemic management criteria, in areas such as infection and vaccination rates, government policy, entry requirements and testing protocol.

The Green List is updated periodically in line with international health developments. And making it onto the list requires destinations to satisfy a strict set of health and safety criteria.

This means that passengers arriving from these destinations, regardless of vaccination status, will not have to undergo the quarantine period but will have to take a PCR test when they arrive at the Abu Dhabi airport.

* List effective from 7 November 2021 – 12:01 AM UAE time:

Below is the full list of ‘green’ countries, regions and territories that you can travel from if planning a trip to Abu Dhabi:

 Albania 
 Algeria 
 Armenia 
 Australia 
 Austria 
 Azerbaijan 
 Bahrain 
 Belarus 
 Belgium 
 Belize 
 Bhutan 
 Bolivia 
 Bosnia 
 Brazil 
 Brunei 
 Bulgaria 
  Burma 
  Burundi 
 Cambodia  
 Canada 
 Chile 
 China 
 Colombia 
 Comoros 
 Croatia 
 Cyprus 
 Czech 
 Denmark 
 Ecuador 
 Estonia 
 Finland 
 France 
 Georgia 
 Germany 
 Greece 
 Hong Kong 
 Hungary 
 Iceland 
 Indonesia 
 Iran 
 Ireland 
 Israel 
 Italy 
 Japan 
 Jordan 
 Kazakhstan 
 Kuwait 
 Kyrgyzstan 
 Laos 
 Latvia 
 Lebanon 
 Liechtenstein 
 Luxembourg 
 Malaysia 
 Maldives 
 Malta 
 Mauritius 
 Moldova 
 Monaco 
 Montenegro 
 Morocco 
 Netherlands 
 New Zealand 
 Norway 
 Oman 
 Philippines 
 Poland 
 Portugal 
 Qatar 
 Russia 
 Romania 
 San Marino 
 Saudi Arabia 
 Serbia 
 Seychelles 
 Singapore 
 Slovakia 
 Slovenia 
 South Korea 
 Spain 
 Sweden 
 Switzerland 
 Syria 
 Taiwan 
 Tajikistan 
 Thailand 
 Tunisia 
 Turkmenistan 
 Turkey 
 Ukraine 
 UK 
 USA 
 Urgwai 
 Uzbekistan 
 Yemen 

Travel corridors

If you have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (final dose received at least 28 days before travel), you will also not be required to quarantine when you travel between Abu Dhabi and the following countries: Bahrain, Greece, Serbia and Seychelles.

PCR requirements for arrival from Green List countries

No passengers arriving from Green List countries will have to quarantine — regardless of vaccination status (although if you’re unvaccinated, you will be restricted from visiting most public spaces — as it’s a required element of the Alhosn Green Pass, which is essential for entering almost all places in the capital).

Everyone will need to take at least one PCR test however.

Vaccinated passengers arriving from Green List countries will need a PCR on arrival, and on day six.

Unvaccinated passengers arriving from Green List countries will need a PCR on arrival, and on day six and nine.

PCR and quarantine for arrival from non Green List countries

Vaccinated passengers arriving from non-Green List countries will need a PCR on arrival, and on days four and eight.

Unvaccinated passengers arriving from non-Green List countries must quarantine for 10 days, and will need a PCR on arrival, and on day nine.

How tourists prove they’ve been vaccinated

Vaccine certificates will be essential for those wishing to enter the UAE on these updated rules. Tourists must get their documents registered on the ICA website five days prior to the departure date. We recommend doing this on the desktop site, as there is more reported functionality.

Step one, download the ICA app and fill in the form under the Register Arrival section. Here you’ll be able to upload your vaccination certificates and once completed, you’ll be sent an SMS with a link to download the Alhosn app. You’ll need to use the same phone number on the ICA app, as you use for the Alhosn app — we recommend that you use a UAE sim (you can change the registered phone number registered to the ICA via the ICA app).

Next you’ll need a UID number, this can be provided at the airport when you arrive or via the ICA website. This is essential for setting up your profile on the Alhosn app. You’ll need to link a phone number to the Alhosn account (the same one you’ve used for the ICA).

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