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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

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 19 July 2021, Abu Dhabi authorities have revised the rules regarding mandatory COVID-19 testing and home quarantine requirements for visitors and vaccinated passengers who are either UAE citizens, residents of the emirate or visitors.

Travellers who will be entering 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 in Abu Dhabi will be counted as Day 1.

  • If you have provided a negative COVID-19 PCR test result on entry and are staying in Abu Dhabi for more than 4 days, you must take an additional COVID-19 PCR test on Day 4 of your stay. If the stay is for more than 8 days, an additional COVID-19 PCR must be taken on Day 8.
  • If you have provided a negative DPI test on entry and are staying in Abu Dhabi for more than 48 hours, you must take an additional COVID-19 PCR test on Day 3. If the stay is for more than 7 days, an additional COVID-19 PCR test must be taken on Day 7. You can only enter Abu Dhabi with a negative DPI test result once.

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

All travellers must be advised that the daily National Sterilisation Programme is in force from midnight to 5am:

  • Movement of traffic and public is restricted during these times
  • There will be no public transportation services
  • Unless for emergency services such as food or medicine, people must stay home
  • Movement permits are required to move during restricted hours and you can apply for one the Abu Dhabi Police website.
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