Abu Dhabi has updated its green list, with 22 new countries and destinations added to the list on Tuesday. This means there are now 55 destinations from where residents can travel without having to quarantine upon their return.
The Department of Culture and Tourism's website has been updated to reflect the changes, the latest of which come into effect from just after midnight on Wednesday, September 1.
No destinations were removed in the most recent update. Popular holiday destinations that were absent in the last update, including the Maldives, Italy, Cyprus and Croatia have been added to the latest green list, which gives holidaymakers more options for quarantine-free travel.
Not all of the new additions on Abu Dhabi's green list are open for tourism. Travellers should check individual destination requirements for the most recent regulations as these can change regularly.
From the new countries and places added in the most recent update, travel is open to some destinations, with restrictions in place, while others remain closed for leisure travel.
Bhutan's borders are currently closed to foreign nationals and Comoros is open, but not for leisure travel.
Croatia is one new addition to the list that's a good holiday option. The country is welcoming vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers, and tourists who can present a valid certificate for full vaccination against Covid-19 have no further testing or quarantine requirements on arrival.
Unvaccinated travellers can fly to Croatia with a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before travel. All visitors must have pre-booked accommodation or own property in the country before flying. Travellers who do not show a negative PCR test or proof of vaccination will have to be tested on arrival and must self-isolate until a negative Covid-19 PCR test result is received, or for a period of 10 days if a test is not possible.
Cyprus is another option for holidays. Despite the Emirates being listed as 'red' by Cypriot authorities, the country is open to travellers from the UAE. All visitors must apply for a flight pass online to get clearance before departure.
Vaccinated travellers with a certificate proving they have received the final dose of any vaccine approved by the WHO or the European Medicines Agency at least 14 days before travel can fly to Cyprus with no further testing requirements. Unvaccinated travellers can also visit, so long as they submit negative Covid-19 test results taken no more than 72 hours before departure.