Flights to and from

Abu Dhabi

You can enter Abu Dhabi if you are a UAE national or resident, or if you are eligible for a visa on arrival. All other visa services are currently suspended.

We’re pleased to be operating flights from Abu Dhabi to over 60 destinations around the world. You’ll find all of the destinations we’re flying to below.

If you are travelling from another emirate to reach Abu Dhabi airport, you must present a negative COVID-19 test before you will be permitted to enter Abu Dhabi. The test must be valid within 48 hours. Taxis are in operation between Dubai and Abu Dhabi airport.

Always remember to check the latest travel advice and regulations before you fly. 

Travelling to or from the UAE? Read our Abu Dhabi travel guides

COVID-19 PCR test included on flights from Abu Dhabi

COVID-19 PCR testing is included when you fly with Etihad Airways from Abu Dhabi between 1 October 2020 and 31 March 2021. Excludes flights to China. That’s one less thing to think about before you travel.

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India flights

We 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.

Pakistan flights

If you are travelling from Pakistan, there are a number of travel regulations you need to be aware of. You must present a negative COVID-19 test result before you will be permitted to fly, and you must download the UAE Al Hosn app. Find out more

Ahmedabad Bengaluru
Islamabad Karachi
Kochi Lahore
Malé Mumbai
New Delhi Thiruvananthapuram

Our route map

Use our interactive map to see the destinations we’re flying to and the routes we’ll be operating soon. Then when you’re ready to start exploring, simply select ‘Search flights’ to book. 

Make sure you have a COVID-19 PCR test before you fly

COVID-19 PCR testing is mandatory before every flight to give you the confidence to travel the world again. Depending on where you are flying to, your test must be carried out between 48, 72 or 96 hours ahead of your flight departure time. Please make sure your test result is in the language mandated by the government of your destination country.

If you're flying with Etihad Airways between 1 October 2020 and 31 March 2021, COVID-19 PCR testing is included with your ticket. If you are flying to China, you will be required to arrange a COVID-19 PCR test at an approved SEHA clinic. This is not included in your ticket due to the specialist testing required.  

Visit any Life Dx authorized sample collection facility in the UAE, or arrange for your sample to be collected from home if you are flying in Business or First. Book at, call 600 551 636 or email 

You may also arrange your test with Mediclinic. Visit to book your test and you should receive your results within 24 hours of taking the test – you can even arrange to be tested at home. 

Children under 12 and people with severe and moderate disabilities are exempt from COVID-19 PCR testing, though this is subject to the regulations at your destination.  

Remember to print your test result as you will be required to present it for validation at check-in. You must present a medical certificate or other relevant document, clearly stating the type of test and the result. 

You may also present your test result via the Al Hosn app if you are flying to Abu Dhabi.

If your test is positive or you are unable to present proof of your negative COVID-19 PCR test, you will not be permitted to travel. You can rearrange your flight for free, or cancel and use the value of your flight towards your next trip with Etihad Credit. Read more

Introducing Travel Smart

View the recommended time to check-in before you travel with the new Abu Dhabi International Airport check-in portal. 

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How to book

Book at, on our mobile app or by calling our Contact Centre on +971 600 555 666 from the UAE. You can also book with your local travel agent.

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Things to know before you fly 

  • You must wear a face mask at all times whilst you travel
  • Wash your hands thoroughly at regular intervals
  • Follow social distancing guidelines carefully at all times
  • Check in and choose your seat online or via our app from 30 hours before your flight
  • Check-in at the airport opens three hours before your flight – your boarding pass will be ready to collect
  • On board, food and drinks will be served in line with COVID-19 guidelines
  • Our crew will wear full personal protective equipment at all times
  • Always read our travel regulations before you fly

Travel to Abu Dhabi, Dubai and other emirates

You can enter Abu Dhabi if you are a UAE national or resident, or if you are eligible for a visa on arrival. All other visa services are currently suspended.

When you arrive in Abu Dhabi, you must follow the quarantine guidelines in place and self-isolate for 14 days. If you are travelling to another emirate including Dubai, you will simply need to follow the quarantine rules of that emirate. You will only be permitted to travel to another emirate by Etihad Chauffeur, Etihad Express Coach or Airport Taxi.

If you are a UAE resident, visit before you travel to submit your passport number and Emirates ID number. You'll receive instant verification of your UAE entry status in line with your residence visa validity.

Quarantine regulations in Abu Dhabi

You will undergo thermal screening and COVID-19 PCR testing when you 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 you must self-isolate for 14 days. The health authorities will evaluate the most appropriate location for your 14-day quarantine; either at home, in a hotel or at accommodation provided by the authorities. You will be required to wear a medically approved wristband for the duration of your quarantine. The wristband will be provided by the authorities at Abu Dhabi Airport after you clear immigration. You are exempt from having to wear the wristband if you:

  • 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

You are required to repeat a COVID-19 PCR test on day 12 of quarantine. Subject to a negative test result, your wristband will then be removed on day 14. Children under 12 are exempt from testing unless they show symptoms of Coronavirus.

After landing in Abu Dhabi, you are only permitted to travel to another UAE emirate by Airport Taxi, Etihad Chauffeur or Etihad Express Coach. If for any reason you are unable to travel this way, you will be required to follow standard Abu Dhabi quarantine guidelines.

You can read more about the quarantine guidelines from the links below:

You will be asked to complete a form agreeing to self-isolate and do everything you can to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the UAE. We recommend you complete this form in advance of your trip. Download now. 

Flying from Abu Dhabi 

If you’re a UAE national, you need to register with Twajudi before you travel.

Travel between Abu Dhabi and other UAE emirates is currently restricted by the Abu Dhabi Government. If you are travelling from another emirate to reach Abu Dhabi airport, you must prove that you have tested negative for COVID-19 within the past 48 hours before you’ll be permitted to enter Abu Dhabi. You must also present your booking confirmation or ticket if requested by officials.

Read more about flying from Abu Dhabi at

Abu Dhabi airport

We’ve introduced a number of new procedures at the airport to keep you protected, so please make sure you arrive with plenty of time. Temperature screening is in operation, and you’ll be asked to wait two metres from other guests at all queuing points.

Our Business Lounge in Terminal 3 is currently open. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all other lounges in Abu Dhabi are closed. We will reopen them as soon as we can.