Good News – Abu Dhabi Reopening For Tourists

Written and Published December 25, 2020

Following the news and updates around the COVID-19 pandemic, many airlines were forced to suspend or reduce their daily operations, and countries were forced to introduce travel restrictions. With the pandemic slowing down in some parts of the world, many countries have started to ease border restrictions and reopen for international tourists. We already saw some Middle Eastern countries like Cyprus and Oman reopen their borders to international tourists. Now, Abu Dhabi is officially welcoming international tourists again, with safety measures in place.

Good News – Abu Dhabi Reopening For Tourists

Abu Dhabi Reopening For Tourists

Dubai already officially reopened for international tourism back in July, allowing passengers from all countries to visit, with standard visa requirements. In order to travel to Dubai, passengers will be required to install the Dubai health app and have proof of health insurance for the duration of their visit. Also, a negative PCR test taken no more than 96 hours prior to departure is mandatory. All passengers will be subjected to health screening upon arrival. There is no mandatory quarantine in place. Now, Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is officially welcoming international tourists.

Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said in an official statement from Etihad:
With Abu Dhabi at the forefront of the global response to COVID-19, the approach to managing the pandemic has positioned the capital as one of the safest cities in the world to visit. The gradual reopening of our border cements the rigorous health and safety measures we have implemented across the airline. We can proudly say Etihad has played its part, by positioning ourselves as an industry leader, ensuring guests travelling with us do so with complete peace of mind.

Good News – Abu Dhabi Reopening For Tourists

The government of Abu Dhabi announced a list of countries marked as green, and all international passengers arriving from these countries will be exempt from the mandatory 10-day quarantine. The list will be updated every two weeks, and you can find it here. However, the list is still quite short, and all other passengers will be required to quarantine for 10 days. Also, on arrival at Abu Dhabi International Airport, all passengers will undergo thermal screening and PCR testing.

Entry requirements include:

-Negative PCR test taken no more than 96h prior to departure to Abu Dhabi

-PCR test upon arrival in Abu Dhabi, which passengers will need to pay for

-Passengers from countries marked as green don’t need to quarantine for 10 days if the result from the airport test is negative. However, all passengers from other countries will be subjected to a mandatory 10-day quarantine

-All passengers will be required to take another PCR test on the sixth day of their stay in Abu Dhabi

-An additional PCR test is required on day twelve of the stay

-Unfortunately, passengers will have to cover the cost of every PCR test

Countries and regions marked as green are:






-Hong Kong (SAR)



-New Zealand

-Saudi Arabia


-Taiwan - China