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Travelling from Dubai to Abu Dhabi

There are strict rules for travelling into Abu Dhabi by road. Those intending to enter Abu Dhabi must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued within 48 hours or a negative DPI test result within 24 hours. The day of arrival into Abu Dhabi is counted as day 1.

Arriving passengers

If you have just arrived in Dubai and travel straight to Abu Dhabi, you must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued within 48 hours and take a COVID-19 PCR test at the border. Travellers from green countries must take another COVID-19 PCR test on day 6, without the need to quarantine. A COVID-19 PCR test is required on arrival and on day 8 for passengers arriving from other countries, as well as a 10 day quarantine period. Your quarantine may be at home, in a hotel, or in accommodation provided by the health authorities.

If you have been in other Emirates and then travelling to Abu Dhabi

You must present at the Abu Dhabi border your negative COVID-19 PCR test results issued within 48 hours or negative laser DPI blood test results issued within 24 hours before entry. DPI tests cannot be used to enter Abu Dhabi consecutive times. Residents and visitors will need to undergo additional tests in AUH based on their period of stay and type of test conducted. For those entering with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, they must take another COVID-19 PCR test on the day 4 and additionally on day 8, if staying for 8 days or more. If entry was with a negative DPI test result, a COVID-19 PCR test must be conducted on day 3 of entry and on day 7 if the stay is for 7 days or more.


Volunteers of the COVID-19 vaccine trials and those taking the vaccine under the national vaccination programmes with active icons (Letter E or Gold Star) on the Alhosn app are exempted from these measures and are authorised to use emergency vehicle lanes for a smooth journey. All are required to adhere to their respective protocols.

These tests are a legal requirement. Find out where to get tested in Dubai before you enter Abu Dhabi.

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