Abu Dhabi unbridle COVID-19 test rules


Updated rules for sporting events in Abu Dhabi Image: Yas Marina Circuit

In Abu Dhabi (capital of UAE), the negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests related to COVID-19 for events are now valid up to 96 hours.

The ‘Abu Dhabi Government Media Office’ stated on October 30th, 2021 that the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters 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 result within 96 hours. Attendees must also commit to wearing face masks.

The ‘Abu Dhabi Government Media Office’ further stated that the new measures have been put into effect from October 31st, 2021.

The validity window has effectively doubled from the previous 48 hours.

There are some absolutely huge events left to hit Abu Dhabi in 2021.

‘What’s On’ stated that there’s the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix of course and the Mubadala World Tennis Championship taking place in December, the dates for the annual Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival will likely be announced soon, and then there’s the three-festivals-in-one music and enwisening spectacular that is FUTUR World – a dizzying collection of cultural and entertainment events curated as part of the special ‘Year of the 50th’ UAE Golden Jubilee celebrations, a marathon, huge name comedy acts, and there’s so much more events to be held which is making the buzz.

New rules

‘What’s On’ further stated that Government guidelines issued by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT – Abu Dhabi) on October 13th, 2021 included provision for events in the capital to return to 100 percent capacity. In order to ensure the safety of all those attending, in addition to the requirement of having to show an active Alhosn Green Pass, visitors need to be able to show a negative PCR test obtained within 48 hours.

The ‘Green Pass’ system – the official portal of the UAE Government – limits access to public places to those with a ‘green’ status on their Al Hosn app.

The negative PCR test validity that is part of the entry requirement for all events and exhibitions in Abu Dhabi “including those related to business, entertainment and sport” – is now 96 hours.

This means anybody attending events in Abu Dhabi will be able to show a negative PCR test obtained within 96 hours (in addition to the Alhosn Green Pass requirement).

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