PCR Tests Are Now Required for Most Etihad Passengers

The new rule applies to all of the airline’s customers who are traveling to or transiting via Abu Dhabi.

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As the number of coronavirus cases around the world continue to climb, the UAE’s flag carrier has announced new health protocols that will take effect on August 1. All travelers flying Etihad Airways to Abu Dhabi, as well as those passing through Abu Dhabi International Airport en route to other destinations, will be asked to show a negative Covid-19 PCR test result before boarding.

The PCR test must be conducted within 96 hours of arrival in Abu Dhabi at UAE government–approved testing facilities or medical clinics listed on etihad.com/destinationguide. Proof of a negative test result is required for validation at check-in; passengers whose final destination is Abu Dhabi will also need to provide documentation of approval from the ICA (Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship). Only children under the age of 12 and customers with mild to severe disabilities will be exempt from the new testing requirement.

Travelers flying Etihad out of Abu Dhabi to any destination in the European Union, the United Kingdom, or any country where negative PCR test results are mandatory for entry will be subject to the same regulation. In these cases, the test should be taken no more than 96 hours before departure. Etihad Airways has teamed up with Mediclinic Middle East to offer Covid-19 tests at Mediclinic facilities in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and Dubai; UAE residents also have the option of undergoing PCR testing at their homes for an additional fee.

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