Etihad Airways’ tickets booked between October 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020 will offer PCR tests as an inclusion for flights departing from Abu Dhabi International Airport (with the exception of services to China).

The national airline of the UAE is collaborating with Life Medical Diagnostic Center (Life Dx) to offer convenient testing between 48 to 96 hours prior to departure, at its network of collection facilities in the UAE.

Travellers flying first or business class will also have the option of selecting tests at their home. Tests can be booked directly with Life Dx

“This is a significant development which allows Etihad to provide greater ease of travel for those departing from Abu Dhabi, by removing as much inconvenience from the PCR testing process as possible. This follows on perfectly from the recent introduction of complimentary Covid-19 insurance cover on all Etihad Airways tickets,” said Dr. Nadia Bastaki, vice president medical services, Etihad Aviation Group.

She adds, “We are confident this partnership will provide Etihad, and most importantly our guests, with Life Dx’s superior testing technologies so they can travel from the capital with greater peace of mind.”

Etihad advises all travellers to visit for detailed inform on country-specific PCR testing requirements, lists of applicable medical testing facilities, and entry regulations. 

Travellers flying to China from Abu Dhabi are subject to specific testing protocols and can only use SEHA testing facilities. They must show a negative Covid-19 PCR test result from a government approved testing facility within 48 hours prior to departure, for approval to board.  

For all other travellers leaving the UAE from Abu Dhabi, a negative Covid-19 PCR test result will be required within 96 hours prior to departure. Those travelling to Morocco will also require an lg antibody test.  

 For those who wish to book their tests separately, Etihad Airways is also collaborating with SEHA and Mediclinic Middle East, to offer departing travellers the option of convenient PCR testing, for a fee, at their home, or at selected facilities in the UAE prior to their travel.