Return home

to Abu Dhabi

We’re operating limited one-way flights to Abu Dhabi to help residents and nationals return to the UAE. You must have ICA approval from the Abu Dhabi Government before you’ll be permitted to fly – you will not be able to check in otherwise. 

Flights to Abu Dhabi

  • Amsterdam: 27 and 29 May, 1, 3, 8, 10 and 15 June
  • Barcelona: 31 May, 7 and 14 June
  • Dublin: 30 May, 6 and 13 June
  • Frankfurt: 31 May, 2, 7, 9 and 14 June
  • Geneva: 30 May, 6 and 13 June
  • Jakarta: 29 May, 5 and 12 June
  • Kuala Lumpur: 30 May, 6 and 13 June
  • London: 27, 28 and 30 May, 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13 and 15 June
  • Madrid: 13 June
  • Melbourne: 29 May, 5 and 12 June
  • Manila: 29 & 30 May 2020
  • Milan: 31 May, 7 and 14 June
  • Tokyo: 27 May, 3 and 10 June
  • Paris: 31 May, 7 and 14 June
  • Seoul: 29 May, 5 and 12 June
  • Singapore: 3 and 10 June
  • Sydney: 27 May, 3 and 10 June

These flights have been approved by the UAE Government, and we’re working closely with authorities to continue these types of operations.

Remember: you must hold a valid UAE resident visa and ICA approval number – you will not be permitted to enter the UAE otherwise.

All guests will undertake PCR and thermal testing when they arrive into Abu Dhabi, and are required to self-isolate for 14 days.

How to book

Before you can fly, you must apply for ICA approval. The service will ask for your flight booking reference, however it is not mandatory and you can leave this field blank.

If your application is successful, you’ll receive a unique ICA approval number, which you will need for when your check-in for your flight. All guests must ensure they have ICA approval from the Abu Dhabi Government before they fly. Guest who do not have ICA approval will not be accepted at check-in.

If you’re having difficulty following up on your application to return to the UAE, you can call the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship on + 971 600 522222.

Book at etihad.com, on our mobile app or by calling our Contact Centre on +971 600 555 666 from the UAE.

Things to know before you fly

It is compulsory to wear a face mask whilst you travel. You must wear your face mask when you arrive at the airport and keep it on for the duration of your journey.

Remember to wash your hands thoroughly at regular intervals, and follow social distancing guidelines carefully at all times.

Baggage

Due to government restrictions across our network, you will be required to check in your cabin baggage before you fly. You will only be permitted to carry a personal item on board, such as a handbag, backpack or laptop bag. This can weigh up to 5kg. 

Remember to read our regulations before you travel.

Check-in

From 30 hours before your flight, you can check-in and choose your seat online or via our app. To help us follow social distancing guidelines as closely as possible, some of our seats are unavailable. If you can’t find the seat you would like, we’ll be happy to help you at the airport.

Check-in at the airport opens three hours before your scheduled flight time. Your boarding pass will be ready to collect when you arrive.

On board

On board, we’ll make sure you are seated with as much space as possible between every guest, and we’ll offer our food and drinks service in line with important COVID-19 guidelines.

Our fantastic crew will be on board, so if you need any assistance, they’re there to help. All of our crew will be following strict COVID-19 flying rules, and we kindly ask that you do everything you can to adhere to these.

Remember – it is compulsory to wear a face mask whilst you are at the airport, on board the aircraft and when you arrive at your destination.

Arriving in Abu Dhabi

When you land, temperature screening is in operation at Abu Dhabi airport, and you’ll be asked to wait two metres apart from other guests at all queuing points.

When you arrive in the UAE, you must self-isolate for a period of 14 days.

If your journey time from the airport coincides with curfew hours in the UAE, you will be required to present your booking confirmation or ticket if requested by officials.