Abu Dhabi

travel information

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. 

Flying to Abu Dhabi, I am a...

National

I am a UAE national, travelling to Abu Dhabi and I am vaccinated

Your travel checklist

  1. Register with Twajudi before you travel
  2. Take a COVID-19 PCR test 48 hours before your flight
  3. Check our travel requirements to find out where and when to take your test.
  4. Get Verified to Fly
  5. Make sure you’ve downloaded the Al Hosn app
  6. Check in online

Quarantine and arrival testing

Visiting from Green list country

  • Test on arrival in Abu Dhabi airport – after baggage collection
  • No quarantine
  • Test on day six

Visiting from any other destination

  • Test on arrival in Abu Dhabi airport – after baggage collection
  • No quarantine
  • Test on day four and day eight

Travelling with children

  • Children aged 12 and older require a PCR test 48 hours before their flight
  • Tests can be taken at any accredited medical facility
  • Children aged six or over must wear a face mask on board
  • Children under 16 are exempt from quarantine and arrival testing

To keep everyone protected on board, you must wear a face mask and present a negative COVID-19 PCR test before every Etihad Airways flight. This applies even if you’re just transiting. Rapid tests will not be accepted.

Travelling to Dubai?

It’s easy to fly to Dubai or any other emirate via Abu Dhabi. Take a PCR test 48 hours before your flight, then follow the quarantine and COVID-19 regulations of that emirate when you arrive.

National - Non vaccinated

I am a UAE national, travelling to Abu Dhabi and I am not vaccinated

Your travel checklist

  1. Register with Twajudi before you travel
  2. Take a COVID-19 PCR test 48 hours before your flight
  3. Check our travel requirements to find out where and when to take your test.
  4. Get Verified to Fly
  5. Make sure you’ve downloaded the Al Hosn app
  6. Check in online

Quarantine and arrival testing

Visiting from Green list country

  • Test on arrival in Abu Dhabi airport – after baggage collection
  • No quarantine
  • Test on day six and day nine

Visiting from any other destination

  • Test on arrival in Abu Dhabi airport – after baggage collection
  • You must quarantine for 10 days
  • Test on day nine

Travelling with children

  • Children aged 12 and older require a PCR test 48 hours before their flight
  • Tests can be taken at any accredited medical facility
  • Children aged six or over must wear a face mask on board
  • Children under 16 are exempt from quarantine and arrival testing

To keep everyone protected on board, you must wear a face mask and present a negative COVID-19 PCR test before every Etihad Airways flight. This applies even if you’re just transiting. Rapid tests will not be accepted.

Travelling to Dubai?

It’s easy to fly to Dubai or any other emirate via Abu Dhabi. Take a PCR test 48 hours before your flight, then follow the quarantine and COVID-19 regulations of that emirate when you arrive.

Resident - Vaccinated

I am a UAE resident, travelling to Abu Dhabi and I am vaccinated

Your travel checklist

  1. Take a COVID-19 PCR test 48 hours before your flight
  2. Check our travel requirements to find out where and when to take your test.
  3. Get Verified to Fly
  4. Check in online

Quarantine and arrival testing

Visiting from Green list country

  • Test on arrival in Abu Dhabi airport – after baggage collection
  • No quarantine
  • Test on day six

Visiting from any other destination

  • Test on arrival in Abu Dhabi airport – after baggage collection
  • No quarantine
  • Test on day four and day eight

Travelling with children

  • Children aged 12 and older require a PCR test 48 hours before their flight
  • Tests can be taken at any accredited medical facility
  • Children aged six or over must wear a face mask on board
  • Children under 16 are exempt from quarantine and arrival testing

To keep everyone protected on board, you must wear a face mask and present a negative COVID-19 PCR test before every Etihad Airways flight. This applies even if you’re just transiting. Rapid tests will not be accepted.

To be fully vaccinated, you must have received two doses of the same vaccine, or one dose of Janssen, at least 14 days before departure.

Travelling to Dubai?

It’s easy to fly to Dubai or any other emirate via Abu Dhabi. Take a PCR test 48 hours before your flight, then follow the quarantine and COVID-19 regulations of that emirate when you arrive.

Resident - UnVaccinated

I am a UAE resident, travelling to Abu Dhabi and I am not vaccinated

Your travel checklist

  1. Take a COVID-19 PCR test 48 hours before your flight
  2. Check our travel requirements to find out where and when to take your test.
  3. Get Verified to Fly
  4. Check in online

Quarantine and arrival testing

Visiting from Green list country

  • Test on arrival in Abu Dhabi airport – after baggage collection
  • No quarantine
  • Test on day six and day nine

Visiting from any other destination

  • Test on arrival in Abu Dhabi airport – after baggage collection
  • You must quarantine for 10 days
  • Test on day nine

Travelling with children

  • Children aged 12 and older require a PCR test 48 hours before their flight
  • Tests can be taken at any accredited medical facility
  • Children aged six or over must wear a face mask on board
  • Children under 16 are exempt from quarantine and arrival testing

To keep everyone protected on board, you must wear a face mask and present a negative COVID-19 PCR test before every Etihad Airways flight. This applies even if you’re just transiting. Rapid tests will not be accepted.

To be fully vaccinated, you must have received two doses of the same vaccine, or one dose of Janssen, at least 14 days before departure.

Travelling to Dubai?

It’s easy to fly to Dubai or any other emirate via Abu Dhabi. Take a PCR test 48 hours before your flight, then follow the quarantine and COVID-19 regulations of that emirate when you arrive.

Tourist - Vaccinated

I am a tourist, travelling to Abu Dhabi and I am vaccinated

Your travel checklist

  1. Take a COVID-19 PCR test 48 hours before your flight
  2. Check our travel requirements to find out where and when to take your test.
  3. Get Verified to Fly
  4. Check in online

Quarantine and arrival testing

Visiting from Green list country

  • Test on arrival in Abu Dhabi airport – after baggage collection
  • No quarantine
  • Test on day six

Visiting from any other destination

  • Test on arrival in Abu Dhabi airport – after baggage collection
  • No quarantine
  • Test on day four and day eight

Travelling with children

  • Children aged 12 and older require a PCR test 48 hours before their flight
  • Tests can be taken at any accredited medical facility
  • Children aged six or over must wear a face mask on board
  • Children under 16 are exempt from quarantine and arrival testing

To keep everyone protected on board, you must wear a face mask and present a negative COVID-19 PCR test before every Etihad Airways flight. This applies even if you’re just transiting. Rapid tests will not be accepted.

To be fully vaccinated, you must have received two doses of the same vaccine, or one dose of Janssen, at least 14 days before departure.

Visa and entry

  • You can fly to Abu Dhabi if you’re eligible for a visa on arrival, or you hold a pre-arranged visa issued from any emirate in the UAE.
  • You do not need to be vaccinated to fly to Abu Dhabi, but you must be vaccinated to enter public places.

Travelling to Dubai?

It’s easy to fly to Dubai or any other emirate via Abu Dhabi. Take a PCR test 48 hours before your flight, then follow the quarantine and COVID-19 regulations of that emirate when you arrive.

Tourist - UnVaccinated

I am a tourist, travelling to Abu Dhabi and I am not vaccinated

Your travel checklist

  1. Take a COVID-19 PCR test 48 hours before your flight
  2. Check our travel requirements to find out where and when to take your test.
  3. Get Verified to Fly
  4. Check in online

Quarantine and arrival testing

Visiting from Green list country

  • Test on arrival in Abu Dhabi airport – after baggage collection
  • No quarantine
  • Test on day six and day nine

Visiting from any other destination

  • Test on arrival in Abu Dhabi airport – after baggage collection
  • You must quarantine for 10 days
  • Test on day nine

Travelling with children

  • Children aged 12 and older require a PCR test 48 hours before their flight
  • Tests can be taken at any accredited medical facility
  • Children aged six or over must wear a face mask on board
  • Children under 16 are exempt from quarantine and arrival testing

To keep everyone protected on board, you must wear a face mask and present a negative COVID-19 PCR test before every Etihad Airways flight. This applies even if you’re just transiting. Rapid tests will not be accepted.

To be fully vaccinated, you must have received two doses of the same vaccine, or one dose of Janssen, at least 14 days before departure.

Visa and entry

  • You can fly to Abu Dhabi if you’re eligible for a visa on arrival, or you hold a pre-arranged visa issued from any emirate in the UAE.
  • You do not need to be vaccinated to fly to Abu Dhabi, but you must be vaccinated to enter public places.

Travelling to Dubai?

It’s easy to fly to Dubai or any other emirate via Abu Dhabi. Take a PCR test 48 hours before your flight, then follow the quarantine and COVID-19 regulations of that emirate when you arrive.

Flying from Abu Dhabi, I am a...

National

I am a UAE National, travelling from Abu Dhabi (Vaccinated / Non Vaccinated)

Your travel checklist

  1. Register with Twajudi before you travel.
  2. You must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result before you’ll be permitted to fly with Etihad Airways.
  3. Take your test 72 or 48 hours before your flight, depending on where you’re flying to.
  4. Check our travel requirements to find out where and when to take your test.

Travelling with children

  • Depending on where you’re flying to, children under a certain age may be exempt from testing
  • Check the latest travel requirements to understand if your child needs to take a PCR test before they fly
  • Children aged six or over must wear a face mask on board
  • Quarantine is subject to the rules at your final destination

To keep everyone protected on board, you must wear a face mask and present a negative COVID-19 PCR test before every Etihad Airways flight. This applies even if you’re just transiting. Rapid tests will not be accepted.

Discounted COVID-19 testing in Abu Dhabi

Save on the cost of your COVID-19 PCR test with discounted testing available at LifeDX and G42 clinics across the UAE. You can even arrange for your test to be taken at home.

LifeDX:

  • Abu Dhabi clinic: AED 50
  • Dubai or other emirate clinic: AED 90
  • Test at home: AED 100

Visit lifedx.net/etihad to book.

G42:

  • All UAE clinics: AED 50
  • Test at home (First and Business guests only): AED 105

Call G42 on 052 745 7544 to book.

Travel corridors

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

Flying from Abu Dhabi, I am a...

Resident

I am a UAE Resident, travelling from Abu Dhabi (Vaccinated / Non Vaccinated)

Your travel checklist

  1. You must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result before you’ll be permitted to fly with Etihad Airways.
  2. Take your test 72 or 48 hours before your flight, depending on where you’re flying to.
  3. Check our travel requirements to find out where and when to take your test.

Travelling with children

  • Depending on where you’re flying to, children under a certain age may be exempt from testing
  • Check the latest travel requirements to understand if your child needs to take a PCR test before they fly
  • Children aged six or over must wear a face mask on board
  • Quarantine is subject to the rules at your final destination

To keep everyone protected on board, you must wear a face mask and present a negative COVID-19 PCR test before every Etihad Airways flight. This applies even if you’re just transiting. Rapid tests will not be accepted.

Discounted COVID-19 testing in Abu Dhabi

Save on the cost of your COVID-19 PCR test with discounted testing available at LifeDX and G42 clinics across the UAE. You can even arrange for your test to be taken at home.

LifeDX:

  • Abu Dhabi clinic: AED 50
  • Dubai or other emirate clinic: AED 90
  • Test at home: AED 100

Visit lifedx.net/etihad to book.

G42:

  • All UAE clinics: AED 50
  • Test at home (First and Business guests only): AED 105

Call G42 on 052 745 7544 to book.

Travel corridors

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

Flying from Abu Dhabi, I am a...

Tourist

I am a Tourist, travelling from Abu Dhabi (Vaccinated / Non Vaccinated)

Your travel checklist

  1. You must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result before you’ll be permitted to fly with Etihad Airways.
  2. Take your test 72 or 48 hours before your flight, depending on where you’re flying to.
  3. Check our travel requirements to find out where and when to take your test.

Travelling with children

  • Depending on where you’re flying to, children under a certain age may be exempt from testing
  • Check the latest travel requirements to understand if your child needs to take a PCR test before they fly
  • Children aged six or over must wear a face mask on board
  • Quarantine is subject to the rules at your final destination

To keep everyone protected on board, you must wear a face mask and present a negative COVID-19 PCR test before every Etihad Airways flight. This applies even if you’re just transiting. Rapid tests will not be accepted.

Discounted COVID-19 testing in Abu Dhabi

Save on the cost of your COVID-19 PCR test with discounted testing available at LifeDX and G42 clinics across the UAE. You can even arrange for your test to be taken at home.

LifeDX:

  • Abu Dhabi clinic: AED 50
  • Dubai or other emirate clinic: AED 90
  • Test at home: AED 100

Visit lifedx.net/etihad to book.

G42:

  • All UAE clinics: AED 50
  • Test at home (First and Business guests only): AED 105

Call G42 on 052 745 7544 to book.

Travel corridors

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

Transiting through Abu Dhabi, I am a...

ALL

I am transiting in Abu Dhabi

Your transit checklist

  1. Check your connection time – maximum transit time in Abu Dhabi is 12 hours
  2. Check the travel requirements at your final destination
  3. Take a COVID-19 PCR test
  4. Get Verified to Fly

Travelling with children

  • Depending on where you’re flying to, children under a certain age may be exempt from testing
  • Check the latest travel requirements to understand if your child needs to take a PCR test before they fly
  • Children aged six or over must wear a face mask on board

Take a PCR test

To keep everyone protected on board, you must wear a face mask and present a negative COVID-19 PCR test before every Etihad Airways flight. This applies even if you’re just transiting. Rapid tests will not be accepted.

Check our travel requirements and enter your final destination to find out where and when to take your test.

Need a test in transit?

You may require a test in transit, depending on your final destination. You can take a COVID-19 PCR test at Abu Dhabi airport, and 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).

Smoother connections

We’ll make your connection in Abu Dhabi as smooth and comfortable as possible.

  • Food and beverage outlets and Duty Free stores are open
  • Our Business Lounge and GoSleep sleeping pods are open in Terminal 3
  • The Al Dhabi lounge and Aerotel Abu Dhabi are open in Terminal 1
  • Push chairs and wheelchairs are available
  • Free Wi-Fi and mobile charging points are available throughout the airport
  • Got some extra time? You can leave the airport if you’re eligible for a visa on arrival – remember to download the Al Hosn app

Questions

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