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

  • No quarantine 
  • Test on arrival and day six

Visiting from any other destination

  • No quarantine 
  • Test on arrival day four and day eight

You must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result before you’ll be permitted to fly to Abu Dhabi, even if you’re just transiting. Rapid tests will not be accepted

ICA requirements

You are not required to register for ICA

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

  • No quarantine 
  • Test on arrival, day six and day nine

Visiting from any other destination

  • You must quarantine for 10 days
  • Test arrival and day nine

You must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result before you’ll be permitted to fly to Abu Dhabi, even if you’re just transiting. Rapid tests will not be accepted

ICA requirements

You are not required to register for ICA

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. Register via the ICA Smart Travel Service unless you’re travelling directly to another emirate
  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. Download the Al Hosn app
  6. Check in online

Quarantine and arrival testing

Visiting from Green list country

  • No quarantine 
  • Test on arrival and day six

Visiting from any other destination

  • No quarantine 
  • Test on arrival day four and day eight

You must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result before you’ll be permitted to fly to Abu Dhabi, 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

ICA requirements

  • You must register via the ICA Smart Travel Service
  • If you’ve been vaccinated in the UAE, register any time before you fly.
  • If you’ve been vaccinated outside the UAE, register five days before your flight.
  • When you’ve registered, you’ll receive a QR code by email.

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. Register via the ICA Smart Travel Service unless you’re travelling directly to another emirate
  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. Download the Al Hosn app
  6. Check in online

Quarantine and arrival testing

Visiting from Green list country

  • No quarantine 
  • Test on arrival, day six and day nine

Visiting from any other destination

  • You must quarantine for 10 days
  • Test on arrival, and day nine

You must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result before you’ll be permitted to fly to Abu Dhabi, 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

ICA requirements

  • Register via the ICA Smart Travel Service any time before you fly.
  • When you’ve registered, you’ll receive a QR code by email.

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. Register via the ICA Smart Travel Service unless you’re travelling directly to another emirate
  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. Download the Al Hosn app
  6. Check in online

Quarantine and arrival testing

Visiting from Green list country

  • No quarantine 
  • Test on arrival and day six

Visiting from any other destination

  • No quarantine 
  • Test on arrival day four and day eight

You must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result before you’ll be permitted to fly to Abu Dhabi, 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.

ICA requirements

  • Register via the ICA Smart Travel Service before you fly, unless you are a national of the UAE. This applies to all adults and children.
  • When you’ve registered, you’ll receive a QR code by email.

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. Register via the ICA Smart Travel Service unless you’re travelling directly to another emirate
  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. Download the Al Hosn app
  6. Check in online

Quarantine and arrival testing

Visiting from Green list country

  • No quarantine 
  • Test on arrival, day six and day nine

Visiting from any other destination

  • You must quarantine for 10 days
  • Test on arrival and day nine

You must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result before you’ll be permitted to fly to Abu Dhabi, 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.

ICA requirements

  • Register via the ICA Smart Travel Service before you fly, unless you are a national of the UAE. This applies to all adults and children.
  • When you’ve registered, you’ll receive a QR code by email.

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.

You must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result before you’ll be permitted to fly to Abu Dhabi, even if you’re just transiting. Rapid tests will not be accepted

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.

You must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result before you’ll be permitted to fly to Abu Dhabi, even if you’re just transiting. Rapid tests will not be accepted

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.

You must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result before you’ll be permitted to fly to Abu Dhabi, even if you’re just transiting. Rapid tests will not be accepted

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 latest travel requirements for your trip
  3. Take a COVID-19 PCR test
  4. Get Verified to Fly
  5. Planning to leave the airport? Register via the ICA Smart Travel Service and download the Al Hosn app.

Take a PCR test

You must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result before you’ll be permitted to fly to Abu Dhabi, even if you’re just transiting.

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. 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

Questions

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