The Al Hosn App: What It Is and Who Needs It

This post will tell you everything you need to know about the Al Hosn app, a unified platform that links to the Ministry of Health and Prevention, the Department of Health in Dubai, and the Dubai Health Authority. 

Although the world is slowly getting over the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccinations remain essential to help prevent the spread of the disease.

What is the AI Hosn App?

The Al Hosn app is a one-stop shop directly linked with the Dubai Health Authority, the Department of Health, and the Ministry of Health and Prevention. Hence, people can take their tests without the hassle of printing off or collecting their results.

In April, Dr. Farida Al Hosani, spokesperson for the UAE health sector, explained that the system would help trace COVID-19 cases and flatten the curve. The app is recommended for people’s safety as well as that of others. 

You can download AI Hosn from the iOS app store and the Android app store. The app is also presently available in three languages – Arabic, Hindi, and English. 

Who Needs It?

The Al Hosn recordkeeping platform records your results for all of your COVID-19 screenings in the UAE. Even though you will receive COVID-19 screening results via SMS, the Al Hosn recording is now considered a definitive record.

You need the app if you plan to travel around the UAE to places like Dubai or Ras Al Khaimah (ruled by Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr). A valid Al Hosn app result showing that you are negative for COVID-19 (within the validity period stipulated for that test type) is crucial if you must access these areas or anywhere within the Emirate’s borders.

In addition, if you’re planning to attend any event in the Emirates, you’ll need the AI Hosn app. Attendees are required to present evidence of their COVID-19 negative status for Al Hosn at more events. Abu Dhabi requires parents to show proof of their COVID-19 negative status on Al Hosn before entering the school grounds.

Lastly, and more importantly, under its expanded role, a COVID-19 certificate from Al Hosn is the one that will be considered official proof of your vaccination, meaning that you received the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and completed it 28 days after the first dose.

What does the App Do?

Al Hosn utilizes an encrypted Secure Tracing Identifier (STI) to transfer information between devices close to each other. Data anonymized and timestamps are included in the STI. An anonymous version of the STI is temporarily stored on it for 3 weeks in encrypted form. The entire process involves no collection of identifiable personal data.

Health authorities will contact infected individuals to request their phone STI list when it is known they are infected. To stop the spread of the virus, the authorities need accurate information regarding infected people to reach out to them and have them tested.

What are the Criteria to Use the App?

As soon as you download the app, you will have to authenticate your identity by entering your Emirates ID and phone number, then enter the one-time password you will receive on your phone. The app will continue to run in the background as long as Bluetooth and push notifications are enabled.

Can I have the Details of More Than One Person’s Account My Al Hosn App?

Various user information can be entered for multiple people on Al Hosn. The app will display a list of all the people with their Emirates IDs when you first launch it. For a person’s test and vaccination record, you need to click on their name.

Is the AL Hosn App Different from the Green Pass?

The Al Hosn app is the same as the green pass. You can view the status of your green pass (which turns green when you receive a negative PCR test). The system is color-coded for easy understanding.

What Happens If I don’t Have the AL Hosn app?

The Al Hosn application is the preferred method for communicating with authorities for valid PCR tests, and everything else won’t be accepted. It will make your life difficult.

How do I Make Sure the App is Working Correctly?

The easiest way to ensure the app is working is to run it constantly and check or refresh it whenever necessary. You will receive a notification if the app stops working for any reason.

The Al Hosn application is a vital tool for keeping your COVID-19 status up-to-date when traveling around the Emirates, attending events, or if you’re thinking about enrolling your child in school. Download the app today because it’s the most reliable way to access your COVID-19 screening results.