Etihad Airways has announced that it will include PCR tests in all air tickets booked by customers in the UAE from October 1 to December 31, 2020.
The PCR tests are valid for all flights departing from Abu Dhabi International Airport, with the exception of services to China.
The airline 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 will also have the option of selecting tests at their home. The quick and easy process can be booked directly with Life Dx.
Vice president medical services, Etihad Aviation Group, Dr. Nadia Bastaki stated: “This is a significant development which allows Etihad Airways 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.
“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. 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,” she concluded.
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.