It’s time to start looking forward to your next trip. Enjoy a quarantine-free stay in Abu Dhabi from select countries, or transfer to up to 60 destinations across Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. You’ll find all of the destinations we’re flying to below.
New global travel restrictions are currently impacting travel across India, Kuwait, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the UK. Check guidelines for more details.
Destinations we’re flying to
Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka flights
We are flying to these destinations. Flights from these countries to the UAE are restricted until 31 July. Check our travel guides for more details.
If guests are travelling to Shanghai from the UAE, it is mandatory to have a COVID-19 PCR test and IgM test 48 hours before their flight. All travellers to China are required to submit their test result to the local Chinese embassy for verification. For Chinese nationals, this will be a ‘Green Health Code’. and for Foreign nationals, an Embassy ‘Health Declaration Form’. They will only be permitted to fly if they have a negative test result and can present a Green Health Code or embassy Issued Health Declaration before boarding. Read more
Quarantine-free arrivals into Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi is open to tourists without quarantine from select destinations. If guests have been in or transited through South Africa or Nigeria in the last 14 days they are unable to enter the UAE at this time. This does not apply to diplomats or UAE citizens.
Effective 31 July 2021 2PM UAE time, there’s no quarantine for guests travelling on a direct flight to Abu Dhabi from any of the countries below.
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If guests have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, they will not be required to quarantine when they travel between the UAE and:
All other passengers will be required to self-isolate at home or their hotel for up to 12 days and wear a medically approved wristband when they arrive in Abu Dhabi. Passengers travelling from a country deemed high-risk by the UAE authorities may be subject to quarantine in a government facility.
Passengers will be exempt from having to wear the wristband if they:
COVID-19 PCR test
Green list country
Test on arrival, day six and day 12
All other destinations
Test on arrival, day six and day 11
UAE national or resident
Test on arrival and day six
Travel corridor country
Test on arrival and day 11
Read more about Abu Dhabi quarantine guidelines
For more travel information, please visit etihad.com/travelguides.
ICA approval no longer required for travel to Abu Dhabi
UAE residents no longer require ICA approval to return to Abu Dhabi. Before booking their flight, residents are encouraged to visit uaeentry.ica.gov.ae. They will be required to submit their passport number and Emirates ID number to receive instant verification of their UAE entry status. This will be in accordance with their UAE residence visa validity. We recommend that guests clear their browser data before visiting the site, and if they are not permitted to travel, keep checking as the system is updated regularly.
We also recommend that guests take a photocopy of their passport and UAE resident visa, as they may be required in Abu Dhabi. Always remember to check the latest travel regulations before flying.
Mandatory COVID-19 PCR testing
It is mandatory for all guests to have a COVID-19 PCR test before they fly. Depending on where the guest is travelling to, the test must be carried out 48, 72 or 96 hours before their flight departure time. Tests can be taken at any government accredited medical facility. Children under 12 and people with severe and moderate disabilities are exempt from COVID-19 PCR testing. This may vary by destination – always check in advance.
Timings and requirements will differ for flights to China or select destinations. Guests departing Pakistan and India must use an Etihad approved medical facility.
All guests should print their test results as they will be required for validation at check-in. Guests must present a medical certificate or other relevant document, clearly stating the type of test and the result.
Guests may also present their test result via the Al Hosn app if they are flying to Abu Dhabi.
If the test is positive or a guest is unable to present proof of their negative COVID-19 PCR test, they will not be permitted to travel. They can rearrange their flight for free, or cancel and use the value of their flight towards their next trip with Etihad Credit.
Discounted COVID-19 tests in Abu Dhabi
Guests flying from Abu Dhabi can now save on the cost of their COVID-19 PCR test, with discounted testing available at G42 and LifeDX clinics across the UAE.
Guests flying in First and Business can also arrange for their sample to be collected from home.
Discounted testing fees with LifeDx
Please direct guests to lifedx.net/etihad to arrange their test at a LifeDx clinic.
Discounted testing fees with G42
To book a test at a G42 clinic, guests can call 02 205 5999.
For more information about when a COVID-19 PCR test should be taken, visit etihad.com/destinationguide.