After two years of restrictions in the UAE due to the COVID-19 pandemic, significant updates to the rules took place over the weekend.

The UAE’s National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority outlined a number of major changes to do with travel, masks and quarantine time for close contacts.

Face masks

Face masks are no longer required to be worn outdoors, although they still must be worn indoors including in shopping malls and schools.


As for travel, those who are travelling to the emirate of Dubai, vaccinated travels will no longer be required to present a negative PCR test within 48 hours effective from February 26, 2022. What is required is an approved vaccine certificate which has a valid QR code.

For those who are unvaccinated, a negative PCR test result is required within 48 hours of the departure flight.

Close contact isolation scrapped

Quarantine has been scrapped for those who are close contacts of positive COVID-19 cases and are not showcasing any symptoms.

Abu Dhabi border changes

From Monday, February 28, 2022, those driving from other emirates to Abu Dhabi are no longer required to show their Al Hosn green pass. This was announced by the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management Committee on Friday.

So, after two years of restrictions, it appears life is finally returning to what we knew it pre-COVID-19.

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