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Travelling from Dubai to Abu Dhabi

There are strict rules for travelling into Abu Dhabi by road.

Arriving passengers

Passengers who are planning to travel to Abu Dhabi must comply with the following protocols in place at all Abu Dhabi borders. These procedures may affect travel time.

Effective 5 September 2021, Abu Dhabi authorities have revised the rules and updated travel procedures for UAE citizens and residents as well as visitors entering Abu Dhabi.

Vaccinated travellers

  • Vaccinated travellers from green list destinations must take a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and on day 6 after arrival but do not have to undergo quarantine.
  • When arriving from other destinations (non-green), they must take a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and on days 4 and 8 after arrival but do not have to undergo quarantine.
  • The protocol applies to fully vaccinated UAE citizens and residents as well as visitors, which is also documented in the Alhosn App.

Unvaccinated travellers

  • Unvaccinated citizens, residents and visitors arriving into Abu Dhabi from green list destinations must take a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and on days 6 and 9 after arrival but do not have to undergo quarantine.
  • When arriving from other destinations (non-green), they must take a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, quarantine for 10 days, wear a medically approved wristband and take another COVID-19 PCR test on day 9 of quarantine.

To be considered fully vaccinated, individuals must have received two doses of the same vaccine at least 14 days before departure.

Vaccination certificate verification

Before departure, visitors need to register in the Register Arrivals section of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) app, complete the register arrivals form and upload an international vaccination certificate. Visitors will then receive an SMS including a link to download the Alhosn app.

Upon arrival in Abu Dhabi, visitors will receive a Unified Identification Number (UID) either at the airport or via ICA app or website. Visitors will then need to download and register on the Alhosn app using the UID and phone number used for ICA registration or when taking a COVID-19 PCR test in the UAE.

Visitors will receive a one-time password (OTP) to complete the Alhosn app registration process. Alhosn app allows users to check status, vaccination information, test results and travel test requirements and use a live QR code.

These tests and processes are a legal requirement and those failing to follow this process are liable for fines.

Find out where to get tested in Dubai before you enter Abu Dhabi.

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