You no longer need a test to fly to Abu Dhabi if you’re vaccinated or you’re under 16, or you hold a valid COVID-19 recovery certificate. Always check the travel requirements for your final destination.
Find everything you need to know before you fly to or from Abu Dhabi, including testing, transit and quarantine information – all personalised to you. Use our handy guide to get your simple checklist for travel. You can also find answers to frequently asked questions below.
To enter public places in Abu Dhabi – like hotels, restaurants and malls – you must be fully vaccinated and hold a negative PCR test result issued within 14 days.
To prove this, you must show the Al Hosn app (with green status) or the official health app from your country of residence.
If you’d prefer to use the Al Hosn app, register at ica.gov.ae. Collect a UID number at the immigration desk in Abu Dhabi, then register using that number on the Al Hosn app.
Take a test when you land in Abu Dhabi airport, and if you’re fully vaccinated, you’ll receive green status.
Fly with us to Abu Dhabi and be in Dubai within an hour. There are no checkpoints or additional tests, and our complimentary transfer services will get you there for free.
If you are required to take a PCR test, discounted testing is available at LifeDX and G42 clinics across the UAE. You can even arrange for your test to be taken at home.
Visit lifedx.net/etihad to book.
Call G42 on 052 745 7544 to book.
You can leave the airport if you're eligible for a visa on arrival, or you have a transit visa. Read more
Check our travel requirements and enter your final destination to find out where and when to take your test.
You’ll only need to take a test when you’re transiting in Abu Dhabi if it’s required by your final destination. You can check this in our travel requirements.
If you do need a test whilst you’re in transit and you have a minimum transit time of four hours, you can take a COVID-19 PCR test at Abu Dhabi airport. It takes two hours to receive your results. You must pay for your test when you check in before you fly to Abu Dhabi.
We recommend paying by credit card. Cash will only be accepted in the local currency at your departure airport. Tests cost USD 50 (rate variable based on the latest exchange rate).
We’ll make your connection in Abu Dhabi as smooth and comfortable as possible.
To prove your vaccination and testing status, you must show the Al Hosn app (with green status) or the official health app from your country of residence.
If you’d like to use the Al Hosn app, you must:
You must prove that you’re fully vaccinated and hold a negative PCR test result issued within 14 days before you enter public places in Abu Dhabi. You can do this by presenting the health app from your country of residence, or the Al Hosn app.
If you’d like to use the Al Hosn app, you must register via the ICA before you fly to Abu Dhabi.
Otherwise, it’s not mandatory to register.
For your peace of mind, we offer optional testing in Abu Dhabi airport, which you can pay for when you arrive.
If you have not had a test before within the last 14 days, we recommend that you take a PCR test when you land in Abu Dhabi airport.
Yes, you can travel to Abu Dhabi without quarantine regardless of your vaccination status.
If you are not vaccinated, you must take a PCR test 48 hours before your flight to Abu Dhabi, and it’s optional for you to take a PCR test when you arrive at the airport.
You may not be permitted to enter public places in Abu Dhabi if you are not vaccinated.
Following the latest government advice, UAE nationals will only be allowed to leave the UAE if they are fully vaccinated and have received a booster shot against COVID-19.
If you’re flying to Abu Dhabi, you must have received two doses of one of the following vaccines, or one dose of Janssen, to be considered fully vaccinated:
No booster is required, and you can have taken your vaccine at any time.
Children under 16 are exempt.
Your vaccine certificate must contain a QR code.
You must self-isolate at home or your hotel for up to 10 days. Your period of self-isolation will end as soon as you receive two negative PCR tests, taken 24 hours apart.
This applies regardless of your vaccination status.
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