Abu Dhabi announced the latest changes to its green list for travelers on Saturday.
The emirate has removed some countries that have seen an increase in the number of new cases due to the Omicron variant and has added others where the number of new cases is more stable.
But what is the green list? And do travelers from countries that have been withdrawn still have to quarantine themselves?
Here we explain.
What is the green list?
This is a list of countries that are considered to be at low risk for Covid.
Anyone returning from a green list country to Abu Dhabi does not have to be quarantined, including those who are not vaccinated.
Since September, all vaccinated travelers have been exempted from quarantine anyway, although mandatory PCR testing remains.
Vaccinated travelers returning from a Green List country must take a PCR test upon arrival and again on day six. Testing is free on arrival and at Seha testing centers.
Any unvaccinated person returning from a Green List country must have a PCR test on arrival, as well as on days six and nine, with the first day being the day of arrival.
People are considered unvaccinated if they have not received a booster within six months of their first two doses.
All travelers arriving in Abu Dhabi must also take a PCR test no later than 48 hours before their flight departs.
How often is the Allow List updated?
Regularly. The most recent changes were made on January 1 and come into effect on January 3.
As of January 3, the list will include 71 countries.
The UK, which has seen an increase in Covid cases fueled by the Omicron variant, as well as Turkey, Jordan, Qatar, Russia and Lebanon, have all been cut.
Algeria, Morocco, Seychelles and Tunisia have been added.
If an unvaccinated passenger comes from a country that is not on the green list, what happens?
They must quarantine themselves for 10 days and will be monitored with a tracking bracelet. They can do this at home if they have a private bedroom and toilet. If they do not have a suitable place, housing will be provided by the government.
In addition to quarantine, anyone who is not vaccinated and returning from countries not on the green list must take a PCR test upon arrival and again on day 9.
The rule also applies to tourists.
How do tourists prove they are vaccinated?
Via the Al Hosn app, which is used in Abu Dhabi to prove a person’s vaccinated status to enter many public places.
They can do this by first visiting the ICA website or app, which will ask applicants to provide their passport details, as well as the name of the vaccination and the dates of the first, second and third doses, if applicable, as well as their vaccination record.
Applicants will receive a confirmation SMS with a link to the Al Hosn app. This must be downloaded before travel. It gathers information such as PCR test results and vaccination status.
People can also upload proof of vaccination through Al Hosn.
According to the Abu Dhabi Ministry of Culture and Tourism website, the app will automatically recognize and sync the international tourist vaccination certificates uploaded to the ICA app or website.
Tourists will need to enter a unified identification number to complete registration.
If you are traveling on a pre-issued visit visa, you must bring a PDF or a printed version of the document to present on arrival. On this form, there is a temporary unified identification number, usually in the upper right corner of the page.
It’s best to download the app in advance and enter the number, in case you need to use the app to enter somewhere soon after you arrive.
If you are from a country that has a visa on arrival agreement with the United Arab Emirates, you only receive a visa stamp on your passport and a five-digit number – not a unified ID.
Abu Dhabi attractions will also accept tourist vaccination certificates from their home country app or official report, as well as the negative PCR result of the airport test by SMS, “in case of technical problem with Al Hosn, “the Ministry of Culture and Tourism said.
Which countries are currently on the green list?
Hong Kong (SAR)
Papua New Guinea
Republic of Ireland
Taiwan, Province of China
united states of america
Updated: January 2, 2022, 12:16 PM