Abu Dhabi

Vibrant, modern and cosmopolitan, where old meets new and adventure awaits. This is the city we’re proud to call home – and we can’t wait to welcome you back!

You can fly to Abu Dhabi if you are a UAE national or resident, or you’re eligible for a visa on arrival. If you’re travelling from select destinations, you’ll be exempt from quarantine when you arrive.

Always check the latest travel regulations before you fly. 

Green list countries and travel corridors

Green list countries

You won’t need to quarantine if you’re travelling on a direct flight to Abu Dhabi from any of the countries below, effective from 13 July.

  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • China
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong, China
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jordan
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Moldova
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Romania
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan, China
  • Turkmenistan
  • United States
  • Vatican

Your test requirements will vary depending on your visa status and country of origin.

View our helpful guide for full details.

Green list countries requiring vaccination

If you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you will not be required to quarantine when you travel to Abu Dhabi direct from:

  • Greece
  • Serbia 
  • Seychelles

Bahrain travel corridor

If you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you will not be required to quarantine when you travel between the UAE and Bahrain.

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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.

UAE residents and nationals in Phase III of the vaccine trials or taking part in the National Vaccination Programme are exempt from quarantine on arrival to Abu Dhabi. Read more.

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. 

COVID-19 PCR testing is mandatory before every flight to give you the confidence to travel the world again. You can feel safe knowing that every guest flying with us has tested negative for COVID-19. Always check the latest travel regulations before you fly.

Things to do in Abu Dhabi

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

One of the world’s largest mosques, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is truly spectacular and a magnificent memorial to the UAE’s Founding Father. A spot to reflect in the hubbub of Abu Dhabi, this is real a must-do in the capital.

Abu Dhabi Corniche

Abu Dhabi Corniche

Abu Dhabi Corniche is where you’ll get a real taste of the city. Take in the views of the impressive skyline as you walk or cycle along the 8km stretch of sparkling coastline. Sunset here is where you'll really feel the magic of Abu Dhabi.

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi entwines culture and history, showcasing artworks from throughout the ages. You can even kayak around the surreal steel dome of the museum, seemingly floating on the water beneath.

Warner Brothers theme park in Abu Dhabi

Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi

Six lands, 29 rides. Live entertainment, family friendly attractions. Come face-to-face with the bad guys in Gotham City, enter into a world of animation in Cartoon Junction, or experience old Hollywood in Warner Bros.

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Sensational shopping

Browse high-end and highstreet shops at one of the decadent malls scattered throughout the city. For a more traditional shopping experience, head to the Souk, World trade Center, where you'll find local handicrafts, spices and jewellery.

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Have an adventure

Head out to the Empty Quarter, the largest uninterrupted area of desert in the world, and ride the dunes in a 4x4. In the luscious mangrove forests that line the coast, grab a kayak and see turtles, crabs and flamingos in their natural habitat.

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Dining and nightlife

There’s no doubt that Abu Dhabi is a city for foodies, from lively daytime brunches to street-food-inspired bars. Choose modern Japanese fare at Zuma on Al Maryah Island, get a taste of local Arabic dishes or even dine under the stars in the desert.


Time to unwind

No trip to Abu Dhabi is complete without a day at the beach or one of the capital's oppulent spas. Unwind next to turquiose waters and keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, turtles and other wildlife that are so often spotted along Abu Dhabi's shores. 

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Formula 1™

The thrilling F1 season final takes place at the iconic Yas Marina Circuit. But this a four-day bonanza filled with much more than just hairpin turns and victory laps. 

An A-list line-up of performers take to the stage every night for the After-Race Concers, when the capital really comes alive. Fuel your need for speed at Ferrari World, or take it down a gear with a day of Yas Island’s beach

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Stop over in Abu Dhabi

Perfectly located between east and west, Abu Dhabi is an ideal stopover destination. For a limited time, explore the city with a free two-night stopover when you book a multi-city flight with us.

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Deals and discounts in Abu Dhabi

Fly to Abu Dhabi with Etihad Airways and your boarding pass doubles up as the Extraordinary Abu Dhabi Pass. Enjoy exclusive deals and discounts on days out, dining, adventure activities and shopping.


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