That Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) announced today that Abu Dhabi will reopen to international travelers from December 24, 2020.
While the emirate will once again welcome the world, Abu Dhabi will continue to implement strict health and safety measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the well-being of residents and visitors. Travelers from all over the world will have access to the capital under a set of conditions, where visitors traveling from the ‘green’ list of countries will be exempted from the quarantine requirement after presenting a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test received within 96 hours prior for their scheduled departure in addition to another test performed at Abu Dhabi airport upon arrival. Test results can be expected within 90 minutes. As for travelers coming from other destinations, they only need to isolate themselves for 10 days.
The Emirate employs a rigorous process and regularly evaluates guidelines to ensure that it maintains the highest global standards of health and safety for its residents and visitors, making Abu Dhabi one of the safest cities in the world. Abu Dhabi’s diligent efforts, initiatives and rules to limit the spread of COVID-19 while facilitating continued economic activity have been extremely successful and have maintained an unusually low rate of 0.39% of confirmed cases per year. Overall tests conducted in the Emirates.
HE Saood Abdulaziz Al Hosani, Secretary of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, said: “Welcoming the world to Abu Dhabi is at the heart of DCT Abu Dhabi’s vision, and we are delighted that international tourists will soon be able to explore the various offerings in our beautiful emirate again, knowing that Abu Dhabi is one of the safest. travel destinations in the world. I am proud of the flexibility and innovation that DCT Abu Dhabi has shown this year as we have re-imagined our approach to culture and tourism to ensure that we can welcome global travelers to our vibrant emirate while protects the well-being of our community and tourists, which is still our highest priority. ”
Executive Director of Tourism and Marketing at DCT Abu Dhabi, HE Ali Al Shaibaadded: “The Abu Dhabi government and health authorities have introduced the highest possible safety standards and its guidelines remain strict and effective, allowing us to welcome international travelers without compromising public health. We have seen a huge response from our industry to ensure compliance, evidenced by DCT’s groundbreaking Go Safe certification, which provides peace of mind and peace of mind for both residents, domestic tourists and international visitors. ”
Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, commented: “As the national airline of the UAE, Etihad has been a leader in the aviation industry’s response to the global pandemic. To restore confidence in air travel, Etihad has fully redesigned its service and introduced Etihad Wellness, our health and hygiene program and wellness ambassadors. Etihad is the only airline in the world that ensures 100% PCR testing of all guests both before departure and again on arrival, providing complete peace of mind for everyone on board. Etihad has united with units across Abu Dhabi to provide an unwavering commitment to security and a holistic approach to well-being. We are extremely excited to see Abu Dhabi’s reopening of tourism and look forward to reuniting families and friends and welcoming new visitors to our amazing, safe and lively home. ”
During 2020, DCT Abu Dhabi has launched a number of innovative initiatives aimed at reassuring consumers, building trust and driving growth in the tourism sector. The groundbreaking Go Safe certification saw health and safety inspectors confirm that hotels, cultural venues, entertainment venues, shopping malls and other hospitality and tourism institutions fully complied with the strict safety standards so that visitors could return with confidence.
Other initiatives include #StayCurious virtual campaign offering educational and entertainment content about the Emirate of Abu Dhabi; “Abu Dhabi Specialist” program to train travel professionals on Abu Dhabi’s offerings enabling them to promote tourism; and Rediscover Abu Dhabi, a campaign to promote domestic tourism and ‘residence chamber’.