UAE’s national airline, Etihad Airways, has announced that tickets for flights departing from the Abu Dhabi International Airport will include the price of the COVID-19 test, until the end of the year.
Passengers flying out of the capital can now undergo the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test at Life Medical Diagnostic Center, 48-96 hours prior to departure.
Those flying First or Business class can choose to take the test from their own homes, and can easily book this service with the centre.
The offer is not valid for flights departing for China as travellers to the country are subject to specific testing protocols and can only use SEHA testing facilities, the airline said in a statement.
“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,” says Dr. Nadia Bastaki, Etihad Aviation Group Vice President Medical Services.
“This is one further step in the efforts being made by Etihad to provide a professional, secure and protected travel experience at every stage of their journey with us.”
For more information on country-specific PCR testing requirements, visit www.etihad.com/destinationguide