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SUBJECT: New protocols for entering Abu Dhabi

Dear Passenger,

Thank you for choosing to travel through Abu Dhabi International Airport.

The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis And Disaster Committee for the COVID-19 Pandemic have outlined new quarantine guidelines for international arrivals entering the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Ahead of travelling into Abu Dhabi International Airport, please ensure you are familiar with the below steps that you will need to follow:

  • On your arrival into Abu Dhabi, medical authorities will conduct a PCR test, after you have disembarked from your flight.
  • Following the PCR test, you will then need to register under the quarantine system. You will be provided with an electronic wristband, which you will need to wear throughout the two-week quarantine period.
  • The health authorities will evaluate the most appropriate location for your quarantine. This may be your home, a hotel, or accommodation provided by medical authorities.
  • 12 days after your arrival into Abu Dhabi, you will need to conduct a second PCR test.
  • Should you receive a negative result, 14 days after your arrival into Abu Dhabi, the electronic wristband will be removed by medical authorities, and you can finish your quarantine period.

These measures have been implemented to ensure the safety of all living in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. We urge you to closely adhere to these procedures. Violating them will result in penalties and fines issued by the government of Abu Dhabi.

You will need to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) throughout your time at Abu Dhabi International Airport, consisting of a face-mask and disposable hand gloves. You will also need to adhere to social distancing measures throughout our facilities.

In addition, ensure you have downloaded the AL HOSN application on your smart device, which is available through the App Store for iOS devices (iPhones) or the Google Play Store for Android devices.

Please ensure that you are familiar and have complied with all requisite protocols to ensure that your trip through Abu Dhabi International Airport is smooth and convenient.

For more information, please visit the websites of SEHA and NCEMA.

Travellers bear full responsibility for ensuring they comply with the requirements for their travel and neither the airport nor airline can be held responsible for any issues associated with non-compliance.

 

Regards,

Abu Dhabi International Airport

Immigration information

Procedures

Immigration & Visas

Depending on your nationality, you may or may not require a visa to enter the UAE.

Do I need a visa to enter the UAE?

  • If you are a GCC citizen: no entry visa is required.
  • If you are a citizen of one of the following countries, you will be issued with a free-of-charge visit visa upon entry: UK, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Finland, Spain, Monaco, Vatican, Iceland, Andorra, San Marino, Liechtenstein, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Hungary, Latvia, Estonia, Malta, Cyprus, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, United States, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.
  • If you are a citizen of any other country, you will need to apply for a visa through your nearest UAE embassy. In some cases, your airline may be able to help you. An eye scan will be required at the airport.

Please note that visa requirements are subject to change. Always check with your travel agent or nearest UAE embassy before travelling.

Visitors with expired visas can be detained and/or fined.

How do I arrange a visa?

Visitors to the UAE requiring visas must have a local sponsor arrange their visa. If you are flying with Etihad Airways, a UAE visit visa may be arranged for you upon request.

Contact Etihad directly.

If you are not flying with Etihad Airways, you will need to contact a local sponsor. You will then need to have your UAE visa delivered to the airport by your sponsor so that you can collect it upon arrival. A 'Visa Delivery Services' office which is accessible by the public as well as arriving passengers, is located in the Arrivals hall of each terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport (view map). Your visa should be delivered a minimum of one hour before your flight lands.

Visa Delivery Charges 
Visa delivered one hour before flight arrival AED 35
Visa delivered after flight arrival AED 45

Visas will not be accepted more than 48 hours before flight arrival. No refund will be granted.

e-Visa is now available for GCC Residence Permit Holders Traveling to UAE

Effective 24 May 2015, an online application and payment system for UAE visas has been introduced for expatriates residing in the GCC on residence visas

As per the new service launched by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, all GCC residence permit holders are now able to apply for an e-visa to visit the UAE. Visitors will no longer need to wait for visa processing at the airport upon arrival.

For more information please go to ‘GCC Individual Services’ at https://www.ednrd.ae/GCCIND/login.do