Abu Dhabi cuts 'green list' to 12 countries as COVID-19 cases surge in other regions

Kazakhstan removed from updated list

Image use for illustrative purpose. People travelling through Abu Dhabi airport.

Image use for illustrative purpose. People travelling through Abu Dhabi airport.

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Abu Dhabi has reduced its “green list” of countries from which air passengers can travel into the UAE capital without undergoing strict COVID-19 requirements.

Kazakhstan is the latest to drop out of the list, which means visitors and expats coming from the Central Asian state will need to isolate when they arrive.

As of March 22, only 12 countries are now exempt from quarantine, down from 13 in the previous update.

Abu Dhabi regularly updates its “green list” destinations based on international development. Flyers from these countries will only be required to take PCR testing upon arrival at Abu Dhabi airport.

“Inclusion in the list is subject to strict criteria of health and safety to ensure the well-being of the UAE community,” a statement said.

Several countries have recently tightened their entry requirements as new strains of the virus are discovered and fears of a third wave mount despite a massive vaccine rollout.

In Europe, France and Poland have reintroduced partial lockdowns to curb the spread of COVID-19, while in Asia, the Philippines has tightened restrictions and limited incoming overseas travel after new daily cases surged to more than 7,000.

Here is the updated “green list” as of today, March 22, 2021:

  • Australia 
  • Bhutan
  • Brunei
  • China
  • Greenland
  • Hong Kong (SAR)
  • Iceland
  • Mauritius
  • Morocco
  • New Zealand
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore

(Reporting by Cleofe Maceda; editing by Seban Scaria)


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