Further updating its entry rules, Abu Dhabi will now only allow in those who have been fully vaccinated with a booster shot. Previously, a green status on the Al Hosn app obtained just by getting a recent negative PCR test result was required to enter the UAE capital.
While the country sees a rise in COVID-19 cases due to its highly transmissible Omicron variant, authorities have been urging residents of age 18 and above since November 2021 to take a booster shot of the vaccine if it has been more than six months since their last jab. The announcement made on Al Hosn’s official Twitter account reads: “Booster doses for all types of vaccinations are required. Make sure to book yours now if it’s been six months since you completed your vaccination to maintain the Green Pass.”
— NCEMA UAE (@NCEMAUAE) December 21, 2021
For those within Abu Dhabi, the Green Pass on the Al Hosn app is required to enter all public places. It is only activated for those who have been fully vaccinated and have a negative PCR test result from within the past 14 days. To maintain the status of being fully vaccinated and keep the Al Hosn app from going grey, residents must take a booster dose of the vaccine if the last dose was administered more than six months ago. They must also get tested every 14 days regardless of whether they are fully vaccinated or not.
UAE currently has one of the highest vaccination rates per capita in the world with more than 90% of its population fully vaccinated, according to authorities.