New entry requirements into Abu Dhabi have into effect as of Sunday, January 17, 2021.

It was announced by the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee via the Abu Dhabi Media Office’s official Twitter page that the changes have been implemented “as part of the proactive efforts and precautionary measures to contain and eliminate the spread of COVID-19”.

Now, in order to enter the UAE capital, a negative PCR or DPI test result must be obtained a maximum 48 hours prior to the date of required entry.

For those who are staying longer than four days, a COVID-19 test is then required on day four of entry into Abu Dhabi. For those staying eight days or more, another PCR test is required on day eight of entry.

However, there are some exemptions to these testing requirements. Those who have been vaccinated in the national vaccination programmes and volunteers in Phase III vaccine clinical trials whose status is active, meaning they have the letter ‘E’ or gold star on the Alhosn app, are not required to get a COVID-19 test.

Towards the end of last year, testing requirements stated that a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours was permitted, but this has now changed.

Those who do not comply with the above guidelines will be subject to fines.

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