New travel restrictions ban entry to and exit from Abu Dhabi


Starting tomorrow, Tuesday June 2, 2020 Abu Dhabi will be closing its borders for travel into, and out of, the emirate for a period of one week.

Travel between Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafrah is also prohibited during this time.

The clampdown was announced by Abu Dhabi Media Office on Monday night and comes directly from the Abu Dhabi Emergency and Crisis Committee for the Covid-19 Pandemic, in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Police and the Department of Health.

Travel restrictions apply to both residents and UAE nationals.

There are some exemptions for key groups. These include frontline workers; those suffering from chronic diseases who need to visit healthcare providers outside their area; and those transporting goods between regions.

For anybody that does need to travel, a permit system is in place. You can fill out a request form for the permits at, Turn around times have been reported as usually pretty quick.

And it’s important to note that movement restrictions still apply to travel within each region of the emirate during the hours of the National Disinfection Programme.

The current timings for the programme are between 10pm and 6am the following day.