Our flight schedule and regulations
Our network is growing. Fly to and from Abu Dhabi or transfer to over 60 destinations across Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and North America this winter.
Destinations we’re flying to
We currently offer flights to eight Indian destinations including Ahmedabad, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kochi, New Delhi and Thiruvananthapuram for guests travelling from Abu Dhabi. All connecting traffic will be cancelled until 15 January 2020.
If guests are travelling from Pakistan, there are a number of travel regulations they need to be aware of. Guests must present a negative COVID-19 test result before they will be permitted to fly, and they must download the UAE Al Hosn app. Find out more
If you are travelling to Shanghai from the UAE, it is mandatory to have a COVID-19 PCR test 48 hours before your 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’. You will only be permitted to fly if you have a negative test result and can present a Green Health Code or embassy Issued Health Declaration before boarding. Read more
Entry into the UAE
Guests will only be permitted to enter Abu Dhabi if they are a UAE national or resident, or if they are eligible for a visa on arrival. All other visa services are currently suspended.
Read our guide to travelling to and from Abu Dhabi.
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.
Guests will undergo thermal screening and COVID-19 PCR testing when they land at Abu Dhabi airport, this will take some time to complete. This applies to all guests, excluding children under 12.
On arrival into Abu Dhabi, guests must self-isolate for 14 days. The health authorities will evaluate the most appropriate location for their 14-day quarantine; either at home, in a hotel or at accommodation provided by the authorities.
UAE residents and nationals in Phase III of the vaccine trials or taking part in the National Vaccination Programme are exempt from quarantine on arrival to Abu Dhabi. Read more
Guests will be required to wear a medically approved wristband for the duration of their quarantine. The wristband will be provided by the authorities at Abu Dhabi Airport after they clear immigration. Guests are exempt from having to wear the wristband if they:
All guests are required to repeat a COVID-19 PCR test on day 12 of quarantine. Subject to a negative test result, their wristband will be removed on day 14. Children under 12 are exempt from testing unless they show symptoms of Coronavirus.
After landing in Abu Dhabi, guests are only permitted to travel to another UAE emirate by Airport Taxi, Etihad Chauffeur or Etihad Express Coach. If for any reason guests are unable to travel this way, they will be required to follow the Abu Dhabi quarantine guidelines.
Guests can read more about the quarantine guidelines from the links below:
Guests will be asked to complete a form agreeing to self-isolate and do everything they can to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the UAE. We recommend that they complete this form in advance of their trip. Download now
For peace of mind and protection, we always recommend that guests purchase travel insurance before their trip.
Mandatory COVID-19 PCR testing
It is mandatory for all guests to have a COVID-19 PCR test before they fly. The test must be carried out between 48, 72 or 96 hours before their flight departure time 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 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.
COVID-19 PCR test included on flights from Abu Dhabi
We’ve got guests covered at every step of their journey. COVID-19 PCR testing is included for all guests when they fly with Etihad Airways from Abu Dhabi between 1 October and 31 December 2020.
We’ve partnered with Life Dx to make it quick and easy for guests to arrange their test across the UAE, giving them one less thing to think about before they travel.
Guests can book their visit at any Life Dx authorised sample collection facility in the UAE, or arrange for their sample to be collected from their home if they are flying in Business or First.
Find out more.