Our winter network is here – so 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
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 and Cairo. All connecting traffic apart from Cairo, will be cancelled until 31 January 2021.
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
Quarantine-free arrivals into Abu Dhabi
Updated 17 January, passengers travelling on a direct flight from any of the countries or regions listed below, or taking part in the National Vaccination Programme in the UAE and travelling from any of the countries or regions listed below, will be exempt from quarantine requirements on arrival into Abu Dhabi:
Guests from these countries must take a COVD-19 PCR test on day 6 and day 12 of their arrival into Abu Dhabi. If guest is part of the National Vaccination Programme they’ll only need to take a COVID-19 PCR test on day 6. Read more.
All other passengers will be required to self-isolate at home or their hotel for 10 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:
Passengers in quarantine are required to repeat a COVID-19 PCR test on day 8 of their arrival in Abu Dhabi. Subject to a negative test result, their wristband will then be removed on day 10. Children under 12 are exempt from testing unless they show symptoms of Coronavirus.
All passengers 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 completing this form in advance. Download now.
Read more about the quarantine guidelines in Abu Dhabi
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.
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 March 2021.
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.