Abu Dhabi (UAE) is open for cruising with vaccinated passengers

   October 30, 2021 ,   Cruise Industry

Port Abu Dhabi (UAE) is already open for cruising.

Fully vaccinated travelers from every country are now able to enter the UAE including sailing in and out via cruise ship. Moving forward, liners of AIDA, Costa, MSC, and TUI are already slated to visit both Sir Bani Yas Island and Zayed Port in Abu Dhabi. For example, AIDAbella is scheduled to call starting in November and Costa Firenze in December 2021.

Cruise lines with ships visiting Abu Dhabi are following the next health & safety protocols:

  • Only vaccinated guests are allowed on cruise ships.
  • All guests and crew are required to have a negative PCR test 48 hours before embarkation.
  • All crew and passengers undergo PCR testing every 2 weeks or even more frequently in line with the schedule.
  • There are dedicated quarantine/isolation zones for guests and staff with symptoms, including a Department of Health-approved clinic to support cases that require hospitalization.

The DCT Abu Dhabi (Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi) unveiled its latest offerings at the recent Seatrade Cruise Global conference in PortMiami (Florida USA).

HE Ali Hassan Al Shaiba, executive director of tourism & marketing, DCT Abu Dhabi said they were "thrilled to be welcoming travelers to Abu Dhabi and to see the resurgence of the sea cruise industry.”

“Over the past few years, our cruise industry has witnessed unprecedented growth, allowing us to offer seafaring travelers unforgettable experiences when they visit the U.A.E. capital." 

He added that this year, Abu Dhabi looked forward to welcoming a host of ships to its cruise terminals and providing passengers with the chance to explore attractions within the emirate and its tranquil surrounding waters.