The updated COVID-19 entry requirements for events and exhibitions in Abu Dhabi are being implemented effective today, Sunday, the government has confirmed. 

The measures, which will apply to gatherings related to business, entertainment and sport, include “green status” on the Alhosn app and a negative COVID-19 test result within 96 hours of entry, the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee said.  

Participants to gatherings covered by the rules are also mandated to wear face masks. 

“[The committee] has updated the entry requirements for events and exhibitions, including those related to business, entertainment and sport, to include green status on Alhosn app and a negative PCR test results within 96 hours,” a media statement said. 

The UAE capital approved a green pass system for public venues last June.  

Alhosn is Abu Dhabi’s COVID-19 testing and tracing app. The government requires the public to show “green status” on the app to be allowed entry to public venues, including parks, beaches and shopping malls in Abu Dhabi. 


According to the rules, “green status” is obtained for individuals who are fully vaccinated and have a negative PCR test result from the past 30 days.  

If the second dose of the vaccine was obtained at least six months ago, a booster dose is required within a 30-day grace period and a negative test result at least every 30 days, to maintain green status. 

Those who fail to meet the requirements will get a grey status on the app. 

“Unvaccinated individuals and those with grey status on Alhosn app, which reflects an expired PCR test, are prohibited from entering these public places,” the rules stated. 

(Writing by Cleofe Maceda; editing by Seban Scaria

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