Abu Dhabi Officially Opens to International Travel

Following its neighbor in Dubai, Abu Dhabi is set to welcome all vaccinated tourists and residents travelling from around the world

Following its neighbor in Dubai, Abu Dhabi is set to welcome all fully vaccinated tourists and residents travelling from all countries around the world, as well as unvaccinated visitors from ‘Green List’ countries, with no quarantine measures.

In order to support seamless entry for international travellers and enable visitors to safely enjoy the UAE capital’s diverse experiences through the Abu Dhabi Green Pass, DCT Abu Dhabi has outlined a simple process to enable tourists to register their international vaccination certificate or vaccination exemption document for verification 5 days before their travel date.

Children under 12 and People of Determination (POD) with moderate and severe disabilities are exempt from COVID-19 PCR testing.

Also under the new guidelines, vaccinated travellers from all over the world, arriving from green list countries will be required to show a negative PCR test taken a maximum of 48 hours before departure and take a PCR test at the airport on arrival. Those arriving from countries not on the green list, will be required to show a negative PCR test taken a maximum of 48 hours before departure and take a PCR test at the airport on arrival.

Unvaccinated travellers arriving from ‘Green List’ countries will also be exempt from quarantine measures. They will be required to show a negative PCR test taken a maximum of 48 hours before departure, and take a PCR test on arrival, as well as a PCR test on day 6 and another PCR test on day 9.

Like Dubai, Abu Dhabi is famed for its luxurious hotels. The Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi blends Venetian and Bedouin influences to create a glowing, lavish resort. From its beachside spa to its eight unique restaurants, this five-star luxury hotel offers something for everyone, featuring sweeping views of Al Maqta creek, lush gardens, and the iconic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. 

For luxury travelers who want something a little more traditional, the landmark Emirates Palace is an award-winning five-star resort enjoyed by celebrities, heads of states as well as royal families from all over the globe. The Palace stands apart from its competition in the city, a testament to the renowned quality and bespoke service of this iconic Abu Dhabi landmark.

Art lovers will be spellbound by The Louvre Abu Dhabi 24,000 square metres (260,000 sq ft) in size, encompassing some of the finest artworks and design on the planet. 

Abu Dhabi’s neighbor Dubai has had a busy pandemic. Only recently Anantara Hotels announced a new addition to its Middle East portfolio, the ninth from the luxury brand in the region, including six in the United Arab Emirates. The UAE is on every luxury traveler’s radar, as one of the only places in Asia that accepts travelers without quarantine, and the new Anantara hotel is on the famed “World Islands”. Prior to that Emaar Hospitality Group has announced that its premium beachfront property, Address Beach Resort, is set to open in December with the world’s highest infinity pool.
Now, with both destinations open, travelers can enjoy some signature Remote Lands journeys tailored to each guest’s specific needs. The Abu Dhabi: Arabian Days and Nights trip will see travelers to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, a romantic meal on the sands and under the stars, and fascinating falconry.