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No tests needed to fly to Abu Dhabi – update on PCR on Arrival

11th March 2022 - 12:00pm

Great news from Jason Kearns (Account Manager Etihad) and Alex Keech (Account Manager Ireland Etihad)

Great news from Jason Kearns (Account Manager Etihad) and Alex Keech (Account Manager Ireland Etihad)



Effective immediately, fully vaccinated guests won’t require a test to travel with Etihad (unless a test is required for their final destination). Quarantine, the Green list rules, and the border check between Dubai and Abu Dhabi have all been removed


Here’s a useful summary of the changes and what they mean for your customers.


If their final destination is Abu Dhabi. No PCR test to fly for:

  • Anyone under 16.
  • Fully vaccinated travellers with an approved vaccine.
  • Anyone with a COVID-19 recovery certificate valid within the past 30 days.

Please note: The vaccination or recovery certificate must contain a QR code. If certificates don’t contain a QR code in line with government requirements, then guests must take a PCR test to fly.


Unvaccinated guests flying to Abu Dhabi:

  • Must take a PCR test at an accredited clinic a maximum of 48 hours before departure.
  • Anyone without a valid QR code on their certificates will also need to take this test.
  • No quarantine applies.
  • Children under 16 are exempt from testing.


Arriving in Abu Dhabi:

Guests no longer need a PCR on arrival – however there is a facility to do testing on arrival to get a Green Pass on the Al Hosn App. The Al Hosn Green Pass is required by many indoor public places in Abu Dhabi for entry (e.g. restaurants, cinema etc).


Transiting through Abu Dhabi:

  • No test or vaccination is required to transit – unless required for their final destination.
  • They may not need a QR code on their certificates for other destinations.


It’s important your customers continue to check the test requirements for their final destination. Always check the latest travel regulations before they fly -

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