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Abu Dhabi lifts quarantine requirement for vaccinated travelers

Under the new guidelines, vaccinated travelers must still test negative for COVID-19 prior to departure and upon landing.
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Beginning Sunday, Abu Dhabi will no longer require any vaccinated travelers to quarantine upon arrival, no matter their country of origin. 

Under new guidelines announced by the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee on Thursday, both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers boarding flights to the Emirati capital will be required to present a negative PCR test taken 48 hours before departure. Upon arrival, all travelers must also test negative for the coronavirus. 

Last month, the committee announced that travelers from a “green list” of more than 50 low-risk countries, including Saudi Arabia and Qatar, would not have to quarantine. 

Following Thursday’s announcement, vaccinated travelers from any destination are excluded from the quarantine requirement. They are, however, required to submit to one or two PCR tests during their stay, depending on their country of origin. 

Unvaccinated travelers arriving from “green list” do not have to quarantine, but they will be required to test negative upon arrival as well as take tests on days six and nine in the country. Unvaccinated travelers coming from countries not on the “green list” will be required to quarantine for 10 days and test negative for the virus on day nine.

Earlier this week, the United Arab Emirates’ coronavirus task force announced that travelers from previously banned countries like India can apply for tourist visas as long as they provide proof of vaccination.  

The Persian Gulf country has one of the world’s highest vaccination rates, with more than 76% of the population fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the UAE has recorded 2,043 deaths from the virus and just over 720,000 cases. 

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