Abu Dhabi has updated its Green List, with the addition of eight new countries that residents can travel to without having to quarantine upon their return.
The Green List, which was modified on Wednesday, now features 31 destinations, with the addition of Bahrain, Brunei, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Maldives, Poland, Serbia and Ukraine.
The number of countries on the list has been reduced from 35, since 12 countries, predominantly in Europe, have been removed. These include: Azerbaijan, Denmark, France, Iceland, Jordan, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Ireland, Sweden, Turkmenistan and the Vatican City. The latest list was released on the Department of Culture and Tourism's website.
Abu Dhabi Green List
All of the destinations on the Abu Dhabi Green List
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong (SAR)
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
- Taiwan, Province of China
- United States of America
Can I travel to countries on the Green List?
Not all countries on Abu Dhabi's list are open for tourism. Travellers should check individual destination requirements for the most recent regulations.
Fully vaccinated visitors who can present a certificate issued by UAE health authorities are able to enter Bahrain without any quarantine requirements, as can those who can prove they have recovered from the virus.
Non-vaccinated visitors must quarantine for 10 days upon arrival, either at their own residence or at an approved hotel. All passengers above 6 years old, whether vaccinated or not, are required to undergo a PCR test upon arrival and on their 10th day in Bahrain, with no exemptions. This can be paid for via the BeAware Bahrain mobile app, or at the airport.
Brunei is currently only admitting visitors on essential business and “official” travel.
Bulgaria has divided countries into green, orange and red zones, with the UAE falling in the orange zone. This means visitors can enter the country if they can show a valid EU digital Covid vaccination certificate, “or a similar document containing the same data as the EU digital Covid certificate”. Bulgaria currently only recognises the Moderna, AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Janssen vaccines, but will also accept proof that visitors have recovered from the virus between 11 and 180 days prior to their trip.
The UAE is categorised as a very high risk “dark red” country by authorities in the Czech Republic, meaning UAE travellers must take a PCR test at least 72 hours before arrival, and then self-isolate for five days on arrival in the country, before taking another test.
Maldives’s “one island, one resort” concept means that social distancing occurs by default, making this an ideal option for people still keen to avoid too much social interaction. All visitors, including those who have been vaccinated, must present a negative PCR test upon arrival in Male, taken no more than 96 hours before their departure.
Only those who have received full doses of an EU-authorised vaccine (Moderna, AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Janssen) are able to enter Poland without a mandatory 10-day quarantine. All arrivals must fill in an Electronic Passenger Locator Form.
A travel corridor between the UAE and Serbia means vaccinated travellers can fly between the two countries without having to quarantine, as long as they can show proof from a recognised authority that they have received their final shot of any Covid-19 vaccine.
Unvaccinated travellers can enter the country if they can show a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of arrival, or a certificate showing that they have recovered from Covid-19 within the past six months. This landlocked country in the heart of the Balkans remains relatively under the radar, so is ideal for those looking to steer clear of the madding crowds this summer.
Ukraine reopened its borders on June 8 and is now welcoming foreign travellers, if they can present a negative PCR or rapid test, taken no more than 72 hours before their arrival in the country; or an official document proving they have received a WHO-approved vaccine. Flydubai currently flies to Odessa and the Ukrainian capital of Kiev.