Your health and
to flying with us
We’re taking extra steps to make sure you feel safe and well when you travel. Alongside our extensive sanitisation and safety programme, we’ve introduced new initiatives to limit touchpoints and allow for more distance between you and other guests.
To give you the freedom and flexibility to change your travel plans if you need to, one free date change is permitted on all new flights booked before 31 July 2020.
We understand that you’ll have some questions before you travel. You’ll find all of the latest information and advice at etihad.com, or for live updates as they happen, follow us on any of our social media channels.
As we get closer to your trip, we’ll send you an email with everything you need to know about your flight and what to do when you reach your destination. You can expect this 24 hours before your flight.
Checking in for your trip
Travelling from Abu Dhabi? Online check-in opens 30 hours before your flight. Pick your seat and download your boarding pass to limit touchpoints at the airport. To follow social distancing guidelines, some of our seats are unavailable. If you can’t find the seat you’d like, our check-in agents will do their best to help.
Travelling to the airport
Our complimentary chauffeur and coach services are still available to get you to and from the airport quickly and easily. On our coaches, you’ll be seated with more space between you and other guests, and in our cars, there’ll be a protective screen between you and the chauffeur. Our drivers will wear face masks and disposable gloves, and all vehicles will be deep-cleaned and sanitised after every trip.
What to expect at the airport
Temperature screening is in operation at Abu Dhabi airport, and you’ll be asked to wait 1.5m apart from other guests at all queuing points. All check-in counters and touchpoints will be regularly sanitised, and our check-in team will monitor guests for any visible signs of infection.
You must wear a face mask whilst you travel and wash your hands at regular intervals.
We’ve made some changes to our seat maps to make sure that there’s more space between you and other guests.
All of our aircraft are deep-cleaned and sanitised on arrival at each destination, including toilets, tray tables, arm rests and seatbelts.
Our catering facilities go through rigorous hygiene testing before any of our meals are prepared, and we’ve streamlined the delivery of our food and drink service in line with strict COVID-19 guidelines.
All of our aircraft are equipped with HEPA air filters which capture 99% of airborne microbes. Our airflow systems mean that air is refreshed on board on average 30 times every hour.
Our team on board will wear face masks and personal protective equipment at all times during the flight. We’ve also removed all of our onboard magazines to limit touchpoints inside the aircraft.
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We understand that more than ever, you want to travel with flexibility and peace of mind. To give you the freedom to change your travel plans if you need to, all flights booked after 29 April 2020, for travel between 16 June and 31 August 2020, are fully flexible and refundable.
If you’re scheduled to fly with us before 31 July 2020 and would like to change your flight, we’ll give you up to US $400 and up to 5,000 Etihad Guest Miles when you save your trip for later with Etihad Credit. Or, you can change the date of your flight for free.
Your travel choices
Until 31 May 2020, we’ll be operating a number of flights between Abu Dhabi and destinations around the world to help you return home. All other flights to, from and via Abu Dhabi are currently suspended. All flights are subject to change.
Working closely with the UAE Government and Global Aviation Authorities, we’re reviewing our network and aim to gradually return to a fuller schedule as soon as circumstances allow.
Flights from Abu Dhabi
Flights to Abu Dhabi
Transit flights via Abu Dhabi to Melbourne and London
You’ll find all the latest Etihad updates and travel advice at etihad.com/travelalerts. Or for live updates and news as it happens, follow us on any of our social media channels.
We’ll always keep you updated about the status of your flight, and will alert you if anything changes. Please make sure that your contact details are correct and up to date so that we can reach you if we need to. Need to update your contact details?
Check in at the airport opens three hours before your flight. We’ve introduced a number of new procedures at the airport, so please make sure to arrive with plenty of time.
Yes, you can check in online or via our app from 30 hours before your flight. Check in and pick your seat, then drop your bags and collect your boarding pass at the airport.
A number of new measures are in place in Abu Dhabi airport to keep you protected, from sterilisation booths to thermal screening and facial recognition.
At Abu Dhabi airport, we’ve introduced high-tech sterilisation booths that scan body temperature and disinfect passengers within three seconds. Our thermal scanners have facial recognition, and our check-in teams will be monitoring guests for signs of possible infection.
If you’re flying from anywhere else in the world, you will be asked a series of questions during check-in – this is a basic assessment of your health and wellbeing. If it is required, our team will contact MEDLINK to determine whether you are fit to fly. Thermal screening is also in operation before boarding.
Temperature screening is in operation at Abu Dhabi airport, and our check-in teams will monitor guests for any visible signs of infection.
Wherever you are travelling to or from, you must wear a face mask at the airport and for the duration of your flight. We recommend that you leave your mask on when you reach your final destination, as it may be the law to do so.
It is mandatory to wear a face mask in Abu Dhabi, and this includes within the airport.
Please make sure that you carry enough masks for the duration of your journey. We will carry limited spare masks on board.
It is not mandatory to wear gloves when you travel, and we do not provide these on board.
Our airport teams and crew are routinely tested at our hub in Abu Dhabi. They’ll also be wearing personal protective equipment and following social distancing guidelines at all times.
All crew members are also required to self-quarantine between flights.
We’ve implemented a number of measures to ensure social distancing on our buses between the airport terminal and aircraft. We have significantly reduced the number of guests per coach and placed stickers on the floor of the coaches to allow for more space.
Wherever possible in Abu Dhabi airport, we’re using self-service boarding gates. Otherwise, please tell the gate agent that you’d prefer to scan your own boarding pass. You’ll just be asked to present your boarding pass and passport for verification.
This depends on the country that you are travelling to. To help, we’ll keep you updated with the latest travel guidelines for the destinations we’re flying to.
You will only be permitted to carry a personal item on board weighing up to 5kg, such as a handbag or laptop bag. Your cabin baggage will be checked in. When you arrive at the airport.
All of our aircraft are deep-cleaned and sanitised on arrival at each destination. This includes disinfecting toilets, seats, tray tables, arm rests and seatbelts, and all blankets and pillows are removed and replaced with freshly laundered items.
All of our service equipment is deep cleaned, and used equipment is stored separately during the flight.
Our HEPA air filters on board also capture 99% of airborne microbes, and our airflow systems mean that air is refreshed on board on average 30 times every hour.
Yes. You’ll find hand sanitiser on your meal tray and in all toilets on board.
Our onboard toilets are monitored, cleaned and sanitised regularly throughout every flight.
Only members of the same household are permitted to sit together. You may sit close to your friend, but the middle seat will remain empty to allow for social distancing.
When you’re on board, we ask that you stay in your seat as much as possible, and only change seat if you are asked to do so by our crew. This will enable us to maintain social distancing on board and facilitate contact tracing if required.
Our crew are fully trained to manage cases of suspected contagious disease on board, and additional measures have been put in place for COVID-19. This includes moving an ill guest to our quarantine area on board the aircraft and designating a toilet for their use only.
We will notify the relevant health authorities upon arrival.
This depends on where you are flying to and from, and you should always check this in advance. If you are permitted to bring your own food on board, our crew will not be able to reheat this for you.
Our catering facilities go through rigorous hygiene testing before any of our meals are prepared.
Our teams undergo regular testing and thermal screening, and are not permitted to enter the catering unit if they are living in shared or non-company provided accommodation.
All of our team’s accommodation and catering facilities are disinfected every day, and we’ve added sanitisation misting stations at the main entrance of EAS Catering.
On board, food is safely stored and chilled until it is ready to be served in line with strict COVID-19 guidelines.
Yes, we will still offer milk and pre-packaged baby food, or our crew can heat milk for you.
Yes, we carry a supply onboard.
Yes, our baby bassinets are cleaned, disinfected and sealed after use.
Yes, baby changing tables are cleaned and disinfected every two hours.
We assist you if you are travelling alone, otherwise please ask a family member or travel companion to assist you.
If you’re booked on one of our transit flights between the UK and Australia, you’ll stay on board when we reach Abu Dhabi. You will be moved to a secure area of the aircraft whilst our team carry out extensive cleaning of all cabins; including seats, seatbelts, toilets, tray tables and armrests.
Our entertainment systems will be available during this time, and our crew will be on hand to provide snacks and refreshments.
The authorities at your arrival airport will refer you for medical assistance if required. This will vary based on the policy of the country you arrive in. You may be referred for a PCR test or asked to quarantine.
Every destination will implement their own guidelines to keep you protected, and you should follow these at all times.
We’ll make sure to keep you updated about these guidelines as much as we can. We’ll send you an email 24 hours before your flight, and you can find our latest updates and advice at etihad.com/travelalerts.
Remember to check quarantine measures before you travel.
When we land, you’ll be directed by our crew to leave the aircraft in small groups. This will help to maintain social distancing and avoid any crowding as you make your way into the airport.
Remember, every airport will implement their own guidelines to keep you protected, and you should follow these at all times. We’ll share as much information about these guidelines as we can before you travel.
From sterilisation booths to thermal scanning and facial recognition, Abu Dhabi airport is using cutting-edge technology to keep you protected when you fly.