Abu Dhabi green list: Oman, Maldives and Croatia among 22 new destinations added

The list now contains 55 quarantine-free destinations, in the most extensive update since the traffic light system was implemented.

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Abu Dhabi has extended its green list of countries and destinations from which travellers can enter the emirate without needing to quarantine on arrival.

In the most extensive changes since the green list started, 22 new destinations have been added in Tuesday's update.

Neighbouring Oman, which is set to open to vaccinated travellers from Wednesday, is one of the more notable additions. Qatar has also been added to the green list.

Abu Dhabi adds more countries to its green list

Abu Dhabi adds more countries to its green list

Popular holiday hot spot the Maldives returns to the list after being removed earlier in August, which will be good news for those planning a visit to the Indian Ocean island destination.

Other popular places for holidaymakers on the updated list are Cyprus, Croatia, Italy, Japan and Portugal.

Greece, which is currently in a vaccine corridor with the UAE, has been added to the green list, meaning unvaccinated travellers returning from the Mediterranean destination can now also avoid isolation.

One new addition was made to the list on Sunday, September 6 when Indonesia was included in the updated Abu Dhabi green list.

Which destinations can I travel from without quarantine?

  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Bhutan
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • China
  • Comoros
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong (SAR)
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Luxembourg
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan, Province of China
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine

The new list will come into effect at 12.01am on Wednesday and travellers coming from destinations on the list do not need to quarantine in the UAE capital.

Originally published in December, the Abu Dhabi green list is updated regularly, depending on the countries' Covid-19 situations.

Scroll through the gallery above or the map below to see all the countries on Abu Dhabi's green list.

No destinations were removed from the list in the most recent update. However, other countries popular with residents living in the UAE and holidaymakers, including the UK and the US, remain absent.

New Abu Dhabi quarantine rules from September 5

Anyone flying into Abu Dhabi from a country that is not on the green list must follow the most recent isolation rules, which currently include wearing an electronic wrist tracker.

If you have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 with a final dose received at least 28 days before travel, you can skip quarantine rules when travelling between Abu Dhabi and:

  • Bahrain
  • Greece
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles

From all other destinations, quarantine applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers, with different lengths of isolation. Until September 5, vaccinated arrivals must quarantine for seven days, while unvaccinated travellers have to isolate for 10 days.

Last week, Abu Dhabi announced new arrival rules for travellers flying to the UAE capital with mandatory ICA approval now required for all passengers, including those travelling directly to Dubai or another northern emirate.

From September 5, vaccinated travellers arriving from any destination will no longer need to quarantine. All travellers must take a PCR test before flying and on arrival, but only non-vaccinated travellers will need to wear an electronic wrist tracker and isolate.

Vaccinated travellers arriving from green countries must take a PCR test on day six, or on days four and eight if coming from a destination not on the green list.

Unvaccinated arrivals do not need to quarantine when coming from green list destinations, but must take a PCR test on day six and day nine. Travellers who are not fully immunised coming from countries not on the green list must quarantine for 10 days wearing an electronic wrist bracelet. The must also take a PCR test on day nine.

Updated: September 06, 2021, 7:42 AM