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.
Visiting from Green list country
Visiting from any other destination
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
You won’t need to quarantine if you’re travelling on a direct Etihad flight to Abu Dhabi from any of the countries below.
See all Green list countries
You are not required to register for ICA
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.
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
Visiting from any other destination
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.
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.
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).
We’ll make your connection in Abu Dhabi as smooth and comfortable as possible.
You should 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.
If you have been fully vaccinated in the UAE:
If you’ve been fully vaccinated outside the UAE:
If you have not been vaccinated:
Abu Dhabi is your final destination, children under 12 are exempt from testing.
For all other destinations, please check the latest travel requirements.
You must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result before every Etihad Airways flight, even if you’re just transiting.
You can take your PCR test at any approved medical facility.
COVID-19 PCR testing is available across the UAE. Call G42 on +971 2 205 5999 or visit lifedx.net/etihad to book at a LifeDx clinic.
Or if you need a test whilst you’re in transit, we’re conducting COVID-19 rapid testing in Abu Dhabi airport You must pay for your test when you check in before you fly to Abu Dhabi.
Yes. You must take a COVID-19 PCR test 48 hours before your flight to Abu Dhabi. Then when you arrive in Dubai.
You will only be able to enter public places in Abu Dhabi – like hotels, restaurants, malls and supermarkets – if you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and have green status in the Al Hosn app.
Before you fly:
When you land:
In Abu Dhabi:
You may be able to use the official health app from your country of residence to show your vaccination status and latest PCR test result. We recommend downloading the Al Hosn app as this is most widely recognised in Abu Dhabi.
You must take your test 72 hours before your first flight departure time, unless the testing requirements at your final destination are 48 hours.
If you are unable to meet this requirement, you can take a COVID-19 PCR test whilst you’re in transit in 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).
If you’re returning to Abu Dhabi within 48 hours, your departure PCR test will be valid for your return trip.
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A short flight
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You can travel to these destinations with no quarantine when you arrive or when you return to Abu Dhabi if you are vaccinated.
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