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28 July 2021, 07:06 PM

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.


  • Ahmedabad  
  • Bengaluru 
  • Chennai
  • Colombo 
  • Dhaka
  • Hyderabad
  • Islamabad 
  • Karachi 
  • Kochi
  • Lahore 
  • Male 
  • Mumbai
  • New Delhi 
  • Trivandrum

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.

  • Albania 
  • Armenia 
  • Australia 
  • Austria 
  • Bahrain 
  • Belgium
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria 
  • Canada 
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • Germany 
  • Hong Kong, China  
  • Hungary  
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Maldives
  • Mauritius 
  • Moldova  
  • New Zealand 
  • Poland
  • Romania 
  • Saudi Arabia 
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles 
  • Singapore 
  • South Korea  
  • Switzerland 
  • Taiwan, China
  • Ukraine   
  • *United States 

*Get to the US quicker when you preclear US immigration in Abu Dhabi


Travel corridors

If guests have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, they will not be required to quarantine when they travel between the UAE and:

  • Bahrain
  • Greece
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles 


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:

  • Are under the age of 18 or over the age of 69
  • Suffer from a mental disability
  • Live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
  • Suffer from Chronic rheumatological conditions
  • Hold a diplomatic passport
Tourist visas issued in Dubai or other emirates will be accepted if they originate from a green country.  Read more.

Visa type

Vaccination status

Travelling from


COVID-19 PCR test



Green list country

No quarantine

Test on arrival, day six and day 12


All other destinations

12 days

Test on arrival, day six and day 11

UAE national or resident


Green list country

No quarantine

Test on arrival and day six

Travel corridor country

No quarantine

Test on arrival and day six

All other destinations

Seven days

Test on arrival and day six

Not vaccinated

Green list country

No quarantine

Test on arrival, day six and day 12

Travel corridor country

12 days

Test on arrival and day 11

All other destinations

12 days

Test on arrival and day 11


Read more about Abu Dhabi quarantine guidelines

For more travel information, please visit


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 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 to arrange their test at a LifeDx clinic.

  •  Testing in Abu Dhabi: AED 55
  •  Testing in Dubai and other emirates: AED 65
  •  Home testing for First and Business guests: AED 105
  • Home testing for First and Business guests in Dubai: AED 115


Discounted testing fees with G42

To book a test at a G42 clinic, guests can call 02 205 5999.

  • Testing across the UAE: AED 55
  • Home testing for First and Business guests: AED 105


For more information about when a COVID-19 PCR test should be taken, visit