Travelling internationally in a post-pandemic world surely is a different experience. The situation remains highly dynamic, as countries have different restrictions, various quarantine measures are in place and guidelines are constantly updated by governments and regulatory health bodies as the scenario changes. You may also have a host of other queries, from planning your journey, flexibility in bookings to inflight sanitisation and health measures taken by the airline.

Etihad Airways has been at the forefront in this global drive to ensure safe air travel.

Ranjit Samal, the Etihad Wellness Ambassador shares some key tips for your next international flight.

Available 24/7 via e-mail, and present inflight as well as at Abu Dhabi International airport, the specially trained wellness team by Etihad provides essential travel health information and care.

Keep a pulse on real-time developments

Countries have issued specific rules and regulations to limit the spread of Covid-19, and these are subject to change as the situation remains dynamic. You can get easy access to this information using Etihad’s interactive travel map. Available on its website and launched with Sitata, a Canadian travel risk management company, this map will give travellers information on the latest travel restrictions, guidelines, and Covid-19 risk rating for destinations around the world.

 Manage your booking digitally

You can digitise your travel from the beginning by checking in for your flight online. Etihad gives guests the option to pick their seat and download the boarding pass to limit touchpoints at the airport.

You can also use the Etihad Guest app to manage your details and book flights with voice search. We have also partnered with the International Air Transport Association to launch the IATA Travel Pass for the airline’s guests. It’s a mobile app that helps passengers easily manage travel in line with government requirements for Covid-19 tests or vaccines. It is initially being offered to Etihad’s guests on selected flights from Abu Dhabi in the first quarter of 2021.

 Stay protected

Any guest diagnosed with Covid-19 during their trip won’t have to worry about medical expenses or quarantine costs when they fly with Etihad. To provide maximum support to guests, the airline has introduced a wellness insurance cover that is issued with every ticket for travel until March 31, 2021.

Arrange your Covid-19 PCR test before you fly

When you fly Etihad, PCR testing is mandatory before every flight, giving travellers added assurance that every guest flying with the airline has tested negative prior to departure. We are supporting this by offering PCR tests included in all air tickets booked by customers in the UAE for flights departing from Abu Dhabi.

Book a getaway in Abu Dhabi and Dubai

Abu Dhabi is open for travel and when you fly from select destinations, you might be exempt from mandatory quarantine upon arrival. Furthermore, the UAE-based carrier has also made it even easier to travel to Dubai when you fly to Abu Dhabi, with flexible fares and complimentary transfer services included.