Abu Dhabi to Lift Mandatory Quarantine for International Travellers

Abu Dhabi to Lift Mandatory Quarantine for International Travellers
Abu Dhabi also plans to enhance its border with Dubai to ease travel, Photo Credit: GagliardiPhotography /

Starting July 1, Abu Dhabi will end mandatory quarantine protocols for travellers from other countries

OT Staff
May 24 , 2021
01 Min Read

The Emirate of Abu Dhabi has announced that it will lift its mandatory quarantine protocol for international travellers.

Starting from July 1, international travellers coming to Abu Dhabi will not have to quarantine themselves, including those from the USA. 


“It will be similar to the Dubai system - the PCR protocol will be different from high-risk to low-risk destinations," said Ali Al Shaiba, executive director of Tourism and Marketing, DCT Abu Dhabi. "Quarantine will not be an option. We are announcing an extended green list - this green list will cover a majority of the markets that we are tapping into.”

Read: UAE Introduces Multiple Entry Tourist Visas For All Nationalities

Apart from that, the Emirate plans to enhance its borders with Dubai. There will be a specific process for tourists to make it easier for travellers to travel between these two Emirates.

The decision came after the UAE managed to administer enough COVID-19 vaccine doses to vaccinate 58.8% of its population, assuming every person would require two doses. 

According to the current guidelines, international travellers coming to Abu Dhabi would need to quarantine for ten days unless they were from a “green-list” country.

The country's extended “green-list” include India, UK, Germany and others where they are looking to tap into some opportunities to cover their losses in other markets. 

Read: From Sushi And Pasta To Falafel And Jalebis, Find It All In Abu Dhabi

After travel does resume in Abu Dhabi, tourists can enjoy several activities like kayaking around the Louvre or zip Lining through the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi rollercoaster.

Etihad Airways and Emirates have signed up to participate in a health passport developed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) that would generate QR codes to share relevant testing information with authorities.


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