Passengers arriving in Abu Dhabi are now required to wear a wristband while they complete their mandatory 14-day quarantine, UAE flag carrier Etihad Airways has confirmed.

The medically approved tag is given to residents and citizens arriving from all countries by Abu Dhabi International Airport authorities after they clear immigration.

This new rule, outlined on the destination guidelines section on Etihad’s website, does not apply to passengers aged under 18 and over 60. Anyone suffering from a chronic illness and those with a diplomatic passport are also exempt. Instead, they will be asked to complete a form agreeing to self-isolate and to take the necessary steps to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the UAE.

Business Traveller Middle East’s sister publication, What’s On, spoke to an Etihad agent who confirmed the wristbands were fitted with tracking technology to reveal the wearer’s location.