and regulations

To make sure you stay protected when you travel, it’s really important that you read these guidelines before you fly. Remember to check the regulations at both your departure and arrival destination.

Transiting in Abu Dhabi? 

You need to have a COVID-19 PCR test before you fly to Abu Dhabi, even if you are just transiting. For most destinations, your test must be carried out 48 or 72 hours before your flight, though this will depend on your final destination.

Read more about transiting in Abu Dhabi

COVID-19 test included from Abu Dhabi

COVID-19 PCR testing is included with all flights from Abu Dhabi when you book and fly between 1 October 2020 and 31 March 2021, excluding flights to China.

Book at, call +971 600 551 636 or email You can visit any Life Dx sample collection facility in the UAE, or arrange for your sample to be collected from home.

Please check to find out when to arrange your test.

COVID-19 PCR testing is mandatory before every flight to give you the confidence to travel the world again. 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. Visit to rearrange your flight for free or cancel and use the value of your flight towards your next trip with Etihad Credit.

If you’re flying to China, you must arrange a COVID-19 PCR test at an approved G42 clinic.

COVID-19 global wellness insurance cover

COVID-19 global wellness insurance cover is included with every Etihad Airways ticket up to 31 March 2021 – just one of the ways we promise to keep you protected with Etihad Wellness.

Our COVID-19 global wellness insurance cover is an extension to your travel insurance, giving you extra peace of mind as you travel the world. If you’re diagnosed with COVID-19 whilst you’re away, we’ll take care of your medical expenses and quarantine costs.

For extra peace of mind and protection, we always recommend you purchase travel insurance before you fly.

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Plan your trip

Book a flight

Book your flight at If you are a UAE resident, you no longer require ICA approval to return to Abu Dhabi.

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Arrange a COVID-19 PCR test

You must have a COVID-19 PCR test before you fly. Enter your destination to find out when to take your test.

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You’re fit to fly

When you receive your negative COVID-19 PCR test, you’re fit to fly. 

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Check travel regulations

Always check global travel regulations before you fly.

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Read our wellness guide

Find out about the steps we’re taking to make sure you feel safe and well when you travel with Etihad Wellness. 

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