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COVID-19 PCR testing mandatory for all worldwide Etihad Airways flights

16 August 2020, 08:00 PM

COVID-19 PCR testing mandatory 

It is mandatory to have a COVID-19 PCR test for all flights with Etihad Airways.

Tests can be carried out at any government accredited medical facility a maximum of 96 hours before the flight departure time. For guests travelling from the USA only, test results can be issued a maximum of 96 hours before their flight departure time. Timings are also different for travelling to China. Guests departing Pakistan and India must use an Etihad approved medical facility, these can be found at

Children under 12 and people with severe and moderate disabilities are exempt from COVID-19 PCR testing. This may vary by destination and guests should always check before their trip at

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COVID-19 PCR testing information

To arrange a test in the UAE, we’ve teamed up with Mediclinic. Guests can visit 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

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

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