Abu Dhabi travel
Check the latest regulations for travelling to and from Abu Dhabi. And if you’re transiting to another destination, you can find out more about the facilities and services available in Abu Dhabi airport. Ready for your next trip? View the latest Green list and travel corridors for quarantine-free travel.
Always check the latest travel regulations before you fly.
You can fly to Abu Dhabi if you are a UAE national or resident, you are eligible for a visa on arrival or you hold a visit visa for Abu Dhabi. If you are a tourist, your visa must be issued in Abu Dhabi. We can’t wait to welcome you back!
Take a COVID-19 PCR test 72 hours before you fly to Abu Dhabi and download the UAE Al Hosn app
When you land, you’ll have a COVID-19 PCR test in Abu Dhabi airport
Unless you’re travelling from a Green list country, you must quarantine for up to 10 days, depending on your vaccination status
Take a follow up COVID-19 PCR test on the days required, depending on where you’ve travelled from and your vaccination status
You will need to show your testing status on the Al Hosn app to enter public places in Abu Dhabi, including hotels, restaurants, malls and large supermarkets. A negative PCR result is required for your green pass to show in Al Hosn.
Read more in our Abu Dhabi travel guide.
You won’t need to quarantine if you’re travelling on a direct flight from a Green list country.
You also don’t need to quarantine when flying to or from a ‘travel corridor’ country, if you have been fully vaccinated (final dose received at least 28 days before travel). You will still need to check the visa and entry criteria for your destination before booking to enter a green list or travel corridor country.
For flights from all other destinations, you will be required to quarantine for up to 10 days depending on your vaccination status, and wear a medically approved wristband.
If you are travelling from a country that the UAE authorities deem to be high-risk, you will be subject to quarantine at a government facility.
Read more below or in our comprehensive travel guide.
COVID-19 PCR test
Green list country
Test on arrival, day six and day 12
All other destinations
Travel corridor country
UAE national or resident
Test on arrival and day six
Test on arrival and day four
Test on arrival and day eight
You won’t need to quarantine if you’re travelling on a direct flight to Abu Dhabi from any of the countries below. *Get to the US quicker when you preclear US immigration in Abu Dhabi:
If you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you will not be required to quarantine when you travel between the UAE and:
We’ll make your connection as smooth and comfortable as possible.
Our Business Lounge and GoSleep sleeping pods are open in Terminal 3, as well as the Al Dhabi lounge and Aerotel Abu Dhabi in Terminal 1. A range of food and beverage outlets and Duty Free stores are open, all with carefully considered safety measures to keep you protected.
You can even stay connected with free Wi-Fi and mobile charging points throughout the airport.
Remember, you need to have a COVID-19 PCR test before you fly to Abu Dhabi, even if you are just transiting. Visit etihad.com/destinationguide and enter your final destination to find out where and when to take your test.
For new bookings, the maximum connection time in Abu Dhabi is 12 hours.
We’ve made it even easier to travel to Dubai when you fly to Abu Dhabi, with complimentary transfer services and discounted COVID-19 PCR testing. Travel to another emirate by Etihad Chauffeur, Etihad Coach or Airport Taxi, and when you arrive, simply follow the quarantine rules of that emirate.
If you’re travelling to another emirate via Abu Dhabi as a tourist, your visa must be issued in Abu Dhabi – tourist visas issued in Dubai or other emirates will only be accepted if you originate from a green country listed above.
If you’re travelling from another emirate to reach Abu Dhabi airport, you must present a negative COVID-19 test valid within 48 hours before you’ll be permitted to enter Abu Dhabi. Taxis are in operation between Dubai and Abu Dhabi airport.
Learn more about travelling to Dubai and other emirates.
You can fly with confidence knowing that every guest on board has tested negative for COVID-19. It's just one of the ways we’re keeping you protected with Etihad Wellness.
Save on the cost of your COVID-19 PCR test with discounted testing available across the UAE. Call G42 on 02 205 5999 for Abu Dhabi or visit lifedx.net/etihad to book at a LifeDx clinic across the UAE.
Send us your COVID-19 travel documents now and fast track to our Verified to Fly desks at the airport.
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Wear a face mask at all times whilst you travel
You must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test to fly
Online check-in opens 30 hours before your flight
Airport check-in opens 3 hours before your flight
See the recommended check-in times with the Abu Dhabi International Airport check-in portal
On board, food and drinks will be served in line with COVID-19 guidelines
All of our crew and pilots on board are vaccinated
Always check the latest travel regulations before you fly
You must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result before every Etihad Airways flight. For most destinations, your test must be carried out 48 or 72 hours ahead of your flight departure time. This will depend on where you’re flying to or from and your transit time.
You can read more at etihad.com/destinationguide. Always remember to check the requirements at both your departure and arrival city by selecting the ‘Flying to’ and ‘Flying from’ tabs.
You can take your COVID-19 PCR test at any accredited medical facility.
If you are travelling to China, you must take your test at one of these G42 clinics listed below. Tests from other medical facilities will not be accepted:
*Home testing is available with these clinics
No, you will not be required to quarantine if you’re travelling straight to Dubai. You are permitted to travel to Dubai or any northern emirate by Etihad Chauffeur, Etihad Coach or Airport Taxi only.
If you are travelling to Abu Dhabi airport from Dubai, you can use any form of transport. Remember, you must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result valid within 48 hours to enter Abu Dhabi from Dubai.
Yes! You can pay to reserve your seat from the moment you book you ticket, or you can select your seat when you check-in online.
We’ll always do our best to make sure that you are seated with your family. The best way to guarantee the seats you’d like is to book them in advance.
Read more about our seat choices
You’ll always find the most up to date travel information – including testing and quarantine requirements – at etihad.com/destinationguide.
Use the ‘Flying to’ and ‘Flying from’ tabs to check the regulations at both your city of departure and arrival.
Yes! We’re proud to be the first airline in the world to vaccinate all pilots and cabin crew on board against COVID-19. It’s just one of the ways we’re keeping you protected with Etihad Wellness.
To keep everyone protected on board, you must have a COVID-19 PCR test before every Etihad Airways flight.
Unless you are travelling directly from a Green list or travel corridor country, you will be required to quarantine when you fly to Abu Dhabi or any of our worldwide destinations.
Always read the latest travel regulations for more information about testing and quarantine at your departure and arrival destinations.
You can pay to print personal documents, like your PCR test result, at selected airports. Please note that printing facilities are not available at every airport.