Fly to and from

Abu Dhabi

and Dubai

Abu Dhabi is open for quarantine-free travel when you fly from select destinations. You can fly to Abu Dhabi if you are a UAE national or resident, or if you are eligible for a visa on arrival. We’ve also made it even easier to travel to Dubai when you fly to Abu Dhabi, with flexible fares, complimentary transfer services and COVID-19 PCR testing included. We can’t wait to welcome you back! 

If you are a tourist, your visa must be issued in Abu Dhabi. Check the latest travel regulations before you fly for more information.

Transiting in Abu Dhabi? Read more about the facilities and services available.


Book a quarantine-free break in Abu Dhabi

Updated 22 February 2021, if you’re travelling on a direct flight from any of the countries or regions listed below, you’ll be exempt from quarantine requirements when you arrive:

  • Australia
  • Bhutan
  • Brunei
  • China
  • Greenland
  • Hong Kong region (China)
  • Iceland
  • Mauritius
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore

You must take a COVD-19 PCR test on day 6 and day 12 of your arrival into Abu Dhabi. If you’re part of the National Vaccination Programme you’ll only need to take a COVID-19 PCR test on day 6. Read more.

Quarantine regulations in Abu Dhabi

Unless you are exempt, you will be required to self-isolate at home or your hotel for 10 days and wear a medically approved wristband when you arrive in Abu Dhabi. If you are travelling from a country deemed high-risk by the UAE authorities, you may be subject to quarantine in a government facility.

You are exempt from having to wear the wristband if you:

  • Are under the age of 18 or over the age of 69
  • Suffer from a mental disability
  • Live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
  • Suffer from Chronic rheumatological conditions
  • Hold a diplomatic passport

You are required to repeat a COVID-19 PCR test on day 8 of quarantine. Subject to a negative test result, your wristband will then be removed on day 10. Children under 12 are exempt from testing unless they show symptoms of Coronavirus.

You will be asked to complete a form agreeing to self-isolate and do everything you can to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the UAE. We recommend you complete this form in advance of your trip. Download now. 

Quarantine guidelines in Abu Dhabi


COVID-19 PCR testing  

COVID-19 PCR testing is mandatory before every flight; you'll feel safe knowing that every guest flying with us has tested negative for COVID-19.

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 are flying to and from, so you should always check in advance at

Children under 12 and people with severe and moderate disabilities are exempt from COVID-19 PCR testing, though this is subject to the regulations at your destination.

COVID-19 PCR testing is included with all flights from Abu Dhabi between 1 October 2020 and 31 March 2021. If you are flying to China, you will be required to arrange a COVID-19 PCR test at an approved SEHA or G42 clinic. 

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Abu Dhabi airport

We’ve introduced new procedures at Abu Dhabi airport to keep you protected, so please make sure you arrive with plenty of time. Temperature screening is in operation, and you’ll be asked to wait two metres from other guests at all queuing points.

Our Business Lounge in Terminal 3 is currently open. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all other lounges in Abu Dhabi are closed. We will reopen them as soon as we can.

You’ll undergo thermal screening and COVID-19 PCR testing when you land at Abu Dhabi airport. This applies to all guests, excluding children under 12.

Travelling to Dubai and other emirates

If you are travelling to Dubai or another emirate via Abu Dhabi as a tourist, your visa must be issued in Abu Dhabi – Dubai tourist visas will not be accepted. When you arrive, 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.

If you are travelling from another emirate to reach Abu Dhabi airport, you must present a negative COVID-19 test before you will be permitted to enter Abu Dhabi. The test must be valid within 48 hours. Taxis are in operation between Dubai and Abu Dhabi airport.

Learn more about travelling to Dubai and other emirates.

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COVID-19 PCR test included on flights from Abu Dhabi

COVID-19 PCR testing is included when you fly with Etihad Airways from Abu Dhabi between 1 October 2020 and 31 March 2021. Excludes flights to China. That’s one less thing to think about before you travel.

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Transiting in Abu Dhabi? 

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 Dhabiin 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. For most destinations, your test must be carried out 48 or 72 hours before your flight, though this will depend on your final destination. Check now.

For new bookings, the maximum connection time in Abu Dhabi is 12 hours.

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Use our interactive map to see the destinations we’re flying to around the world. Then when you’re ready to start exploring, simply select ‘Search flights’ to book. 

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Things to know before you fly  

You must wear a face mask at all times whilst you travel

You must have a COVID-19 PCR test before your flight

Check in and choose your seat online or via our app from 30 hours before your flight

Check-in at the airport opens three hours before your flight – your boarding pass will be ready to collect

On board, food and drinks will be served in line with COVID-19 guidelines

Our cabin crew wear personal protective equipment at all times and are all vaccinated against COVID-19.

View the recommended time to check-in before you travel with the new Abu Dhabi International Airport check-in portal

Always read our travel regulations before you fly