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Travelling from Dubai to Abu Dhabi

There are strict rules for travelling into Abu Dhabi by road. All passengers entering Abu Dhabi must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued within 48 hours. You may have to quarantine depending on how long you have been in the UAE.

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 DPI test at the border. You must also quarantine for 14 days and wear a tracking wristband. Your quarantine may be at home, in a hotel, or in accommodation provided by the health authorities. After 12 days you must take another COVID-19 PCR test. If you are negative, you can remove the wristband after 14 days. If you are positive, you must follow the Abu Dhabi health authority advice.

If you have been in the UAE for up to 14 days

Your quarantine time will be reduced by the number of days you have already been in another emirate of the UAE. For example, if you have been in Dubai for 10 days before entering Abu Dhabi, you must quarantine for 4 days after entering Abu Dhabi.

If you have spent more than 14 days in the UAE before entering Abu Dhabi

You must present at the Abu Dhabi border your negative COVID-19 PCR test results or negative laser DPI blood test results issued within 48 hours.

Effective 8 November, all UAE citizens and expats, including returning Abu Dhabi residents, must present a negative result for a COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or diffractive phase interferometry (DPI) laser test taken 48 hours before entry to Abu Dhabi.

Residents and visitors will need to undergo additional tests in the emirate based on their period of stay:

  • If they stay on for more than four days, they must take a COVID-19 PCR test on the fourth day. The day of arrival is counted as the first day.
  • If they stay for more than eight days, they must take another COVID-19 PCR test on the eighth day.

Exemption: Volunteers of the COVID-19 vaccine trials and those taking the vaccine under the emergency use programme are exempted from these measures and are authorised to use emergency vehicle lanes for a smooth journey.

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

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