Your guide to Abu Dhabi's new border system for traveling UAE residents and Emiratis.
1 July 2020| Last updated on 1 July 2020
Those who wish to enter Abu Dhabi must prove that they do not have COVID-19.
Previously, Abu Dhabi implemented strict travel restrictions from June 2 in a bid to reduce the spread of the pandemic. The movement restriction required residents and UAE citizens to present a permit that will allow them to exit or enter Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, or Al Dhafra.
Starting this week the Capital has eased these travel restrictions, allowing people to enter the city if they can prove they are free of COVID-19.
Officials said the new preventive measure will remain in place until further notice, depending "on continued monitoring and further positive outcomes that have been seen in recent weeks, and the conclusion of the National Screening Programme."
If you need to travel to Abu Dhabi for any reason, such as for work or relocating, here is what you need to know about the new border system.
What is the border system?
The border system is a new system put in place that controls who can enter the emirate, as part of ongoing efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the UAE and support the emirate's National Screening Programme.
All vehicles will be stopped at the border to ensure compliance with the new measure.
Due to the waiting time of the test results, the border system will not allow for daily commuting and frequent testing would come with costs. The system does, however, facilitate meetings and other necessary travel into Abu Dhabi.
Who is allowed into Abu Dhabi?
Any resident or citizen who wishes to cross the border into Abu Dhabi will be stopped at police checkpoints. In order to pass, you must show that you have had a PCR nasal swab and tested negative within the last 48 hours.
You can then continue on your journey into Abu Dhabi.
Who is exempted from the border check?
The following groups are not required to present a recent negative COVID-19 test result at the Abu Dhabi border:
- Children under 12 years old.
- Those with medical appointments for kidney or cancer-related treatment.
- Representatives from Ministries, Local Departments, Diplomatic Entities, Companies, Bureaus, and Offices of Their Highnesses.
- Those on special missions can apply for a one-day Mission Permit (sent to [email protected]) for a maximum of 14 hours (6 AM - 8 PM). If you are entering outside of the 14-hour period, you are required to present a recent COVID-19 result.
- Transporter of goods and mail.
The new Abu Dhabi border rules also apply to all domestic workers and essential workers (front-line staff).
Where can I get a COVID-19 test?
Before traveling to Abu Dhabi you must be screened for the Coronavirus and test negative, or Abu Dhabi authorities will not authorise your entry into the city.
For a full list on where to get tested and treated for COVID-19 in the UAE, click here.
UAE health officials reported 421 new COVID-19 cases, 490 recoveries, and one death.
The total confirmed Coronavirus cases has now reached 48,667.