Abu Dhabi travel


Check the latest regulations for travelling to and from Abu Dhabi. And if you’re transiting to another destination, you can find out more about the facilities and services available in Abu Dhabi airport. Ready for your next trip? View the latest Green list and travel corridors for quarantine-free travel.

Always check the latest travel regulations before you fly.

Flying to Abu Dhabi

You can fly to Abu Dhabi if you are a UAE national or resident, you are eligible for a visa on arrival or you hold a visit visa for Abu Dhabi. If you are a tourist, your visa must be issued in Abu Dhabi. We can’t wait to welcome you back!

Step 1

Take a COVID-19 PCR test 72 hours before you fly to Abu Dhabi and download the UAE Al Hosn app

Step 2

When you land, you’ll have a COVID-19 PCR test in Abu Dhabi airport

Step 3

Unless you’re travelling from a Green list country, you must quarantine for up to 12 days, depending on your vaccination status

Step 4

Take a follow up COVID-19 PCR test on the days required, depending on where you’ve travelled from and your vaccination status

Abu Dhabi green pass system

You will need to show your testing status on the Al Hosn app to enter public places in Abu Dhabi, including hotels, restaurants, malls and large supermarkets. A negative PCR result is required for your green pass to show in Al Hosn.

Read more in our Abu Dhabi travel guide.

Do I need to quarantine in Abu Dhabi?

You won’t need to quarantine if you’re travelling on a direct flight from a Green list country, or when you fly to or from a travel corridor country if you’ve been fully vaccinated.

For flights from all other destinations, you will be required to wear and medically approved wristband and quarantine for:

  • Seven days if you’ve been fully vaccinated – you received your final vaccine dose at least 28 days before your flight, as shown on your Al Hosn app
  • Up to 12 days if you haven’t been vaccinated

If you are travelling from a country that the UAE authorities deem to be high-risk, you will be subject to quarantine at a government facility.

Read more below or in our comprehensive travel guide.

Visa type

Vaccination status

Travelling from


COVID-19 PCR test


Not applicable

Green list country

No quarantine

Test on arrival and day six and day 12


Travel corridor country

Not applicable

All other destinations

12 days

Test on arrival, day six and day 11

UAE national or resident



Green list country

Travel corridor country

No quarantine

Test on arrival and day six

All other destinations

Seven days

Test on arrival and day six

Not vaccinated

Green list country

No quarantine

Test on arrival, day six and day 12

Travel corridor country

12 days

Test on arrival and day 11

All other destinations

12 days

Test on arrival and day 11

Green list countries and travel corridors

Green list countries

You won’t need to quarantine if you’re travelling on a direct flight to Abu Dhabi from any of the countries below. *Get to the US quicker when you preclear US immigration in Abu Dhabi:

  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong, China
  • Hungary
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Maldives
  • Mauritius
  • Moldova
  • New Zealand
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan, China
  • Ukraine
  • *United States of America

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 the following destinations:

  • Bahrain
  • Greece
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles

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 Dhabi in 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. Visit etihad.com/destinationguide and enter your final destination to find out where and when to take your test. 

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

Travelling to Dubai and other Emirates

We’ve made it even easier to travel to Dubai when you fly to Abu Dhabi, with complimentary transfer services and discounted COVID-19 PCR testing. Travel to another emirate by Etihad Chauffeur or Etihad Coach, and when you arrive, simply follow the quarantine rules of that emirate.

If you’re travelling to another emirate via Abu Dhabi as a tourist, your visa must be issued in Abu Dhabi – tourist visas issued in Dubai or other emirates will only be accepted if you originate from a green country listed above.

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

Learn more about travelling to Dubai and other emirates.


Confidence to fly

You can fly with confidence knowing that every guest on board has tested negative for COVID-19. It's just one of the ways we’re keeping you protected with Etihad Wellness.


Discounted testing

Save on the cost of your COVID-19 PCR test with discounted testing available across the UAE. Call G42 on 02 205 5999 for Abu Dhabi or visit lifedx.net/etihad to book at a LifeDx clinic across the UAE.


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Send us your COVID-19 travel documents now and fast track to our Verified to Fly desks at the airport.

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Things to know before you fly  

Wear a face mask at all times whilst you travel

You must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test to fly

Online check-in opens 30 hours before your flight 

Airport check-in opens 3 hours before your flight

See the recommended check-in times with the Abu Dhabi International Airport check-in portal

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

All of our crew and pilots on board are vaccinated

Always check the latest travel regulations before you fly


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