Abu Dhabi is reopening to international tourists this week. Here's what travelers need to know.
Earlier this month, the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee announced that it had begun working with local authorities to resume all economic, tourism, cultural and entertainment activities in the Emirate in 2 weeks.
This two week deadline expires today, on December 24th, just in time for the holidays.
This week, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) confirmed that the Emirate is ready to reopen as per the deadline.
Travelers from across the globe will be able to fly into the capital after presenting a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result received within 96 hours prior to their scheduled departure, the DCT explained.
Upon arrival into Abu Dhabi, travelers will need to take a second PCR test. Travelers from countries, regions, and territories on the ‘green’ list will no longer be required to self-isolate upon receiving a negative result, and will be required to self-isolate for 10 days only. All travelers will need to take a PCR test on day six for those staying for six days or more, and on day 12 for those staying for 12 days or more.
UAE residents who have participated in the vaccination trials or National Vaccination Programme are exempt from quarantine in Abu Dhabi.
As of this writing, the list of 'green countries, regions, and territories' is as follows:
This list will be reviewed and updated every 2 weeks, as per the developments of the pandemic worldwide.
Etihad redesigns its service
Etihad Airways, the Emirate's national carrier, released some additional guidance relating to its airline for travels looking to visit.
Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “In order to restore confidence in air travel, Etihad has fully redesigned its service and introduced Etihad Wellness, our health and hygiene program, and Wellness Ambassadors."
Flying to, from, and via Abu Dhabi is supported by the airline’s fully redesigned Etihad Wellness sanitization and safety program, which the company says ensures the highest standards of hygiene are maintained at every stage of the customer journey. This includes specially trained Wellness Ambassadors, a first in the industry, who have been introduced by the airline to provide essential travel health information and care on the ground and on every flight, so guests can fly with greater ease and confidence.
Worthy of note is that all Etihad tickets for departures from Abu Dhabi now include a PCR test factored into the price.
As part of the Etihad Wellness programme, all passengers travelling with Etihad receive complimentary COVID-19 insurance.
Abu Dhabi's tourist attractions
As a tourist destination, Abu Dhabi is quite diverse. The Emirate is known for its desert-scapes, fabulous beaches and warm, clear waters. The modern, cosmopolitan capital city features thrilling headline attractions such as Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi and Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, as well as cultural highlights including the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the famous Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
Adventurers can look forward to kayaking in the mangroves, sand boarding in the desert, jet-skiing, go-karting and more. Meanwhile, travelers in need of rest and rejuvenation will find peace in the many tranquil spaces across the city from serene beaches to luxury spas.