From August 1, all Etihad passengers flying to Abu Dhabi or transiting through Abu Dhabi will be asked to show a negative Covid-19 PCR test result when they check-in for their flight. In addition to this, ICA (Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship) approval proof is also required for passengers having Abu Dhabi as their end destination.

As per National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority’s  (NCEMA) directive, all passengers arriving in the UAE must have negative Covid-19 PCR test result that will be reviewed by the concerned airline.

Etihad’s new departure protocol is applied to a list of approved testing facilities specified on the airline’s destination guide.

In an official statement, the airline said, “The PCR test must be carried out within 96 hours prior to arrival in Abu Dhabi and a negative Covid-19 PCR test result certificate from one of the approved clinics listed must be shown for approval to board.

“Children under the age of 12 and people with mild to severe disabilities are currently exempt from this PCR test requirement.”

Moreover, travellers leaving the UAE from Abu Dhabi to any country in the European Union, the United Kingdom, or to a country where it is mandatory, a negative Covid-19 PCR test result will be required within 96 hours prior to departure.

To help facilitate this process, Etihad has introduced home and clinic Covid-19 testing service by collaborating with Mediclinic Middle East.