Etihad Airways is now including COVID19 PCR tests
in all air tickets booked by customers in the UAE for flights
departing from Abu Dhabi International Airport, with the exception
of services to China.
This is expected to continue until 31 December
The airline is collaborating with Life Medical
Diagnostic Center (Life Dx) to offer testing between 48 to 96
hours prior to departure, at its network of collection facilities
in the UAE. Travellers flying First or Business will also have the
option of selecting tests at their home. The quick and easy
process can be booked directly with Life Dx.
Dr. Nadia Bastaki, Etihad Aviation Group Vice
President Medical Services, said, “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
COVID19 insurance cover on all Etihad Airways tickets.”
Etihad strongly advises all travellers to visit
its website for detailed information on
country-specific PCR testing requirements, lists of applicable
medical testing facilities, and entry regulations.
Hosam Fouad, Founder and CEO of Life Medical
Diagnostic Center, said, “The solution’s main concept is to ramp-up the
capacity of Life Dx’s central lab for up to 40,000 tests a day
through fully automated state-of-the-art robotic systems and to
create a wide network of sample collection centres through
partnering with selected healthcare providers across the UAE. Now
passengers can book their appointments online easily at their most
convenient location and time before their flight.”
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 COVID19 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 COVID19 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 PCR testing, for a fee, at their home, or at selected
facilities in the UAE prior to their travel.