Abu Dhabi

travel information

All COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted in the UAE, no test or vaccination required if your final destination is Abu Dhabi.

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 a quick travel checklist, or find answers to frequently asked questions below.

We’ve relaxed our rules around masks on board. You’ll only need to wear a mask if you’re flying to China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines or South Korea. Check the latest travel requirements for more. 

Flying to Abu Dhabi, I am a...

National

I am a UAE national, travelling to Abu Dhabi and I am vaccinated

Your travel checklist

  1. You don’t need to take a test before you fly to Abu Dhabi
  2. You’ll automatically be Verified to Fly
  3. Check in online

No quarantine on arrival

  • Test on arrival not required
  • You can take an optional PCR test after baggage collection in Abu Dhabi airport - this costs AED40; it takes up to two hours to receive your results

Travelling with children

  • Children under 16 are exempt from testing to fly and quarantine
  • Test on arrival not required

National - Non vaccinated

I am a UAE national, travelling to Abu Dhabi and I am not vaccinated

Your travel checklist

  1. You don’t need to take a test before you fly to Abu Dhabi 
  2. You’ll automatically be Verified to Fly
  3. Check in online

No quarantine on arrival

  • Test on arrival not required
  • You can take an optional PCR test after baggage collection in Abu Dhabi airport - this costs AED40; it takes up to two hours to receive your results

Travelling with children

  • No test or vaccination required.

Resident - Vaccinated

I am a UAE resident, travelling to Abu Dhabi and I am vaccinated

Your travel checklist

  1. You don’t need to take a test before you fly to Abu Dhabi
  2. You’ll automatically be Verified to Fly
  3. Check in online

No quarantine on arrival

  • Test on arrival not required
  • You can take an optional PCR test after baggage collection in Abu Dhabi airport - this costs AED40; it takes up to two hours to receive your results

Travelling with children

  • Children under 16 are exempt from testing to fly and quarantine
  • Test on arrival not required

Resident - UnVaccinated

I am a UAE resident, travelling to Abu Dhabi and I am not vaccinated

Your travel checklist

  1. You don’t need to take a test before you fly to Abu Dhabi 
  2. You’ll automatically be Verified to Fly
  3. Check in online

No quarantine on arrival

  • Test on arrival not required
  • You can take an optional PCR test after baggage collection in Abu Dhabi airport - this costs AED40; it takes up to two hours to receive your results

Travelling with children

  • No test or vaccination required.

Tourist - Vaccinated

I am a tourist, travelling to Abu Dhabi and I am vaccinated

Your travel checklist

  1. You don’t need to take a test before you fly to Abu Dhabi
  2. Check that you’re eligible for a visa on arrival, or arrange a tourist visa
  3. You’ll automatically be Verified to Fly
  4. Check in online

No quarantine on arrival

  • You can pay to take an optional PCR test after baggage collection in Abu Dhabi airport – this costs AED 40; it takes up to two hours to receive your results

Travelling with children

  • Children under 16 are exempt from testing to fly and quarantine
  • Test on arrival not required
Dubai

Going to Dubai?

Fly with us to Abu Dhabi and be in Dubai within an hour. There are no checkpoints or additional tests, and our complimentary transfer services will get you there for free.

Read more 

Tourist - UnVaccinated

I am a tourist, travelling to Abu Dhabi and I am not vaccinated

Your travel checklist

  1. You don’t need to take a test before you fly to Abu Dhabi 
  2. You’ll automatically be Verified to Fly
  3. Check in online

No quarantine on arrival

  • You can pay to take an optional PCR test after baggage collection in Abu Dhabi airport – this costs AED 40; it takes up to two hours to receive your results

Travelling with children

  • No test or vaccination required.
Dubai

Going to Dubai?

Fly with us to Abu Dhabi and be in Dubai within an hour. There are no checkpoints or additional tests, and our complimentary transfer services will get you there for free.

Read more 

Flying from Abu Dhabi, I am a...

National

I am a UAE national, travelling from Abu Dhabi and I am vaccinated

Your travel checklist

  1. You only need to take a test if it’s required at your final destination
  2. Check the latest travel requirements for testing, entry and quarantine information

Travelling with children

  • Depending on where you’re flying to, children under a certain age may be exempt from testing
  • Check the latest travel requirements to understand if your child needs to take a PCR test before they fly
  • Quarantine is subject to the rules at your final destination

Discounted COVID-19 testing in Abu Dhabi

If you are required to take a PCR test, discounted testing is available at LifeDX and G42 clinics across the UAE. You can even arrange for your test to be taken at home.

LifeDX:

  • Abu Dhabi clinic: AED 40
  • Test at home (Abu Dhabi or Al Ain): AED 75 
  • Test at home (Dubai): AED 125 

Visit lifedx.net/etihad to book.

G42:

  • All UAE clinics: AED 40
  • Test at home (First and Business guests only): AED 115

Call G42 on 052 745 7544 to book.

I am a UAE national, travelling from Abu Dhabi and I am not vaccinated

Your travel checklist

  1. Take a PCR test within 48 hours before your flight 
  2. Check the latest travel requirements for testing, entry and quarantine information 

Travelling with children

  • Depending on where you’re flying to, children under a certain age may be exempt from testing
  • Check the latest travel requirements to understand if your child needs to take a PCR test before they fly
  • Quarantine is subject to the rules at your final destination

Discounted COVID-19 testing in Abu Dhabi

If you are required to take a PCR test, discounted testing is available at LifeDX and G42 clinics across the UAE. You can even arrange for your test to be taken at home.

LifeDX:

  • Abu Dhabi clinic: AED 40
  • Test at home (Abu Dhabi or Al Ain): AED 75 
  • Test at home (Dubai): AED 125 

Visit lifedx.net/etihad to book.

G42:

  • All UAE clinics: AED 40
  • Test at home (First and Business guests only): AED 115

Call G42 on 052 745 7544 to book.

Flying from Abu Dhabi, I am a...

Resident

I am a UAE Resident, travelling from Abu Dhabi (Vaccinated / Non Vaccinated)

Your travel checklist

  1. You only need to take a test if it’s required at your final destination
  2. Check the latest travel requirements for testing, entry and quarantine information

Travelling with children

  • Depending on where you’re flying to, children under a certain age may be exempt from testing
  • Check the latest travel requirements to understand if your child needs to take a PCR test before they fly
  • Quarantine is subject to the rules at your final destination

Discounted COVID-19 testing in Abu Dhabi

If you are required to take a PCR test, discounted testing is available at LifeDX and G42 clinics across the UAE. You can even arrange for your test to be taken at home.

LifeDX:

  • Abu Dhabi clinic: AED 40
  • Test at home (Abu Dhabi or Al Ain): AED 75
  • Test at home (Dubai): AED 125

Visit lifedx.net/etihad to book.

G42:

  • All UAE clinics: AED 40
  • Test at home (First and Business guests only): AED 115

Call G42 on 052 745 7544 to book.

Flying from Abu Dhabi, I am a...

Tourist

I am a Tourist, travelling from Abu Dhabi (Vaccinated / Non Vaccinated)

Your travel checklist

  1. You only need to take a test if it’s required at your final destination
  2. Check the latest travel requirements for testing, entry and quarantine information

Travelling with children

  • Depending on where you’re flying to, children under a certain age may be exempt from testing
  • Check the latest travel requirements to understand if your child needs to take a PCR test before they fly
  • Quarantine is subject to the rules at your final destination

Discounted COVID-19 testing in Abu Dhabi

If you are required to take a PCR test, discounted testing is available at LifeDX and G42 clinics across the UAE. You can even arrange for your test to be taken at home.

LifeDX:

  • Abu Dhabi clinic: AED 40
  • Test at home (Abu Dhabi or Al Ain): AED 75
  • Test at home (Dubai): AED 125

Visit lifedx.net/etihad to book.

G42:

  • All UAE clinics: AED 40
  • Test at home (First and Business guests only): AED 115

Call G42 on 052 745 7544 to book.

Transiting through Abu Dhabi, I am a...

ALL

I am transiting in Abu Dhabi

Your transit checklist

  1. Check your connection time – maximum transit time in Abu Dhabi is 24 hours if you are flying with Etihad, or 12 hours for other airlines
  2. You only need to take a test if it’s required at your final destination
  3. Check the latest travel requirements to find out whether you need to Get Verified to Fly
  4. Check in online
 

You can leave the airport if you're eligible for a visa on arrival, or you have a transit visa. Read more

Travelling with children

  • Depending on where you’re flying to, children under a certain age may be exempt from testing
  • Check the latest travel requirements to understand if your child needs to take a PCR test before they fly

Help us keep everyone protected

Check our travel requirements and enter your final destination to find out where and when to take your test.

Need a test in transit?

You’ll only need to take a test when you’re transiting in Abu Dhabi if it’s required by your final destination. You can check this in our travel requirements.

If you need a test whilst you’re in transit and you have a minimum transit time of four hours, you can take a COVID-19 PCR test at Abu Dhabi airport. It takes upto two hours to receive your results. 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).

Smoother connections

We’ll make your connection in Abu Dhabi as smooth and comfortable as possible.

  • Food and beverage outlets and Duty Free stores are open 24/7
  • Our Business Lounge, First Class Lounge and GoSleep sleeping pods are open in Terminal 3
  • The Al Dhabi lounge and Aerotel Abu Dhabi are open in Terminal 1
  • Push chairs and wheelchairs are available
  • Free Wi-Fi and mobile charging points are available throughout the airport
  • Got some extra time? You can leave the airport if you’re eligible for a visa on arrival

Questions?

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