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Good news! No tests needed to fly to Abu Dhabi

15 March 2022, 11:27 AM


We’re making it even easier to travel to Abu Dhabi.

Effective immediately, fully vaccinated guests won’t require a test to travel with Etihad (unless a test is required for their final destination). Quarantine, the Green list rules, and the border check between Dubai and Abu Dhabi have all been removed.

Here’s a useful summary of the changes and what they mean for your customers.

If their final destination is Abu Dhabi:
No PCR test to fly for:

  • Anyone under 16.
  • Fully vaccinated travellers with an approved vaccine.
  • Anyone with a COVID-19 recovery certificate valid within the past 30 days.


Unvaccinated guests flying to Abu Dhabi:

  • Must take a PCR test at an accredited clinic a maximum of 48 hours before departure.
  • Anyone without a valid QR code on their certificates will also need to take this test.
  • No quarantine applies.
  • Children under 16 are exempt from testing.


Arriving in Abu Dhabi:

There is no mandatory test on arrival. Guest can take an optional PCR test after baggage collection in Abu Dhabi airport - this costs AED 40. We recommend that guests take a test if they have not received a negative PCR test result in the past 14 days – guest may not be permitted to enter public places in Abu Dhabi otherwise.


Transiting through Abu Dhabi: 

  • No test or vaccination is required to transit – unless required for their final destination.
  • They may not need a QR code on their certificates for other destinations. 


It’s important your customers continue to check the test requirements for their final destination. Always check the latest travel regulations before they fly at