and regulations

Countries around the world have issued specific rules and regulations to limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep you protected when you travel. It’s really important that you read these guidelines before you travel, and follow them at all times.

New global travel restrictions are currently impacting travel across India, Kuwait, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the UK. Check guidelines below for more details.

Travelling to or from the UAE? Read our travel guide

Make sure you have a COVID-19 PCR test before you fly

COVID-19 PCR testing is mandatory before every flight to give you the confidence to travel the world again. You'll feel safe knowing that every guest flying with us has tested negative for COVID-19.  

Depending on where you are flying to or from, your test must be carried out between 48, 72 or 96 hours ahead of your flight departure time. Always check in advance.

Your test can be taken at any government accredited medical facility. Guests departing Pakistan and India must use an Etihad approved medical facility.  

Children under 12 and people with severe and moderate disabilities are exempt from COVID-19 PCR testing, though this is subject to the regulations at your destination.  

Remember to print your test result as you will be required to present it for validation at check-in. You must present a medical certificate or other relevant document, clearly stating the type of test and the result. 

You may also present your test result via the Al Hosn app if you are flying to Abu Dhabi.

If your test is positive or you are unable to present proof of your negative COVID-19 PCR test, you will not be permitted to travel. You can rearrange your flight for free, or cancel and use the value of your flight towards your next trip with Etihad Credit. Read more

The service is available for all guests flying from Abu Dhabi, including guests travelling from another emirate to reach Abu Dhabi airport.

COVID-19 global wellness insurance cover

COVID-19 global wellness insurance cover is included with every Etihad Airways ticket up to 31 March 2021 – just one of the ways we promise to keep you protected with Etihad Wellness.

Our COVID-19 global wellness insurance cover is an extension to your travel insurance, giving you extra peace of mind as you travel the world. If you’re diagnosed with COVID-19 whilst you’re away, we’ll take care of your medical expenses and quarantine costs.

For extra peace of mind and protection, we always recommend you purchase travel insurance before you fly.

Travel with confidence

Plan your trip

Book a flight

Book your flight at If you are a UAE resident, you no longer require ICA approval to return to Abu Dhabi.

Book now

Arrange a COVID-19 PCR test

Your COVID-19 PCR test must be carried out a maximum of 96 hours before your flight departure time.

Find a clinic

You’re fit to fly

When you receive your negative COVID-19 PCR test, you’re fit to fly. 

See our latest network

Check travel regulations

Always check global travel regulations before you fly.

Check now

Read our wellness guide

Find out about the steps we’re taking to make sure you feel safe and well when you travel with Etihad Wellness. 

Read our wellness guide

Flight Search panel loading...

Your wellness, our priority

COVID-19 global insurance cover on all tickets.

Etihad Wellness


Flexible travel for the future

Book now for freedom to change your travel plans if you need to.
Start exploring