Our flight schedule and regulations
Out network is growing. Fly to and from Abu Dhabi or transfer to 57 destinations across Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and North America in September and October.
Entry into the UAE
Guests will only be permitted to enter the UAE if they are a UAE national or resident with a valid visa. All other visa types, including tourist visas, will not be accepted.
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.
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.
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.
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
Guests arriving from a country deemed high risk by the UAE authorities may be subject to quarantine at a government facility.
For peace of mind and protection, we always recommend that guests purchase travel insurance before their trip.
Destinations we’re flying to
Between now and 30 September, we offer flights to eight Indian destinations including Ahmedabad, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kochi, New Delhi and Thiruvananthapuram for guests travelling from Abu Dhabi.
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
COVID-19 PCR testing mandatory for all worldwide Etihad Airways flights
From 1 August, guests flying Etihad Airways from any worldwide airport outside of Abu Dhabi to all destinations, must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test. The test must be carried out 96 hours before arriving in Abu Dhabi. Guests travelling from Abu Dhabi to a European Union country or the United Kingdom, will also require a mandatory COVID-19 PCR test before they travel. Guests should always check travel regulations for their final destination before they fly at etihad.com/destinationguide.
Children under 12 and people with severe and moderate disabilities are exempt from COVID-19 PCR testing. This may vary by destination – guests should always check before they fly.
Guests travelling to Abu Dhabi as their final destination before 31 July, must continue to have ICA approval and present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from an approved clinic at check-in.
COVID-19 PCR testing information
Guests will only be permitted to fly if they have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. If there are approved Pure Health medical facilities in their departure country, their test result must be issued by a Pure Health approved medical facility - test results from other clinics will not be accepted. Guests must arrive in Abu Dhabi within 96 hours of conducting their test.
Approved Pure Health Facilities
If there are no approved Pure Health facilities in their city or country of departure, guests can refer to our list of locally approved medical clinics at etihad.com/destinationguide and arrange their COVID-19 PCR test. Guests must arrive in Abu Dhabi within 96 hours of their test, and will be required to present their test result for validation at check-in. Guests must print their test results and keep them available throughout their trip.
To arrange a test in the UAE, we’ve teamed up with Mediclinic. Guests can visit Mediclinic.ae to book their test at any Mediclinic facility, as well as arrange testing at home. Guests will receive their test results within 24 hours and the service is available for all guests flying from Abu Dhabi, including guests travelling from another emirate to reach Abu Dhabi airport.
If a guest tests positive or they are unable to present proof of their negative COVID-19 PCR test before their flight, 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. Find out more at etihadhub.com
Our priority will always be the wellness of our guests, ensuring them a safe journey to their final destination. Guests can find more information about our wellness programme at etihad.com/wellness.