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Etihad Airways to operate inbound passenger flights to Abu Dhabi from select cities

Inbound passengers must apply for Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship approval before booking flights

Etihad Airways to operate inbound passenger flights to Abu Dhabi from select cities

All passengers will “undertake PCR and thermal testing when they arrive into Abu Dhabi, and are required to self-isolate for 14 days”, the airline said.


Etihad Airways will begin inbound operations to Abu Dhabi from a select number of cities that will allow residents return to the UAE, starting with a flight from London tomorrow (May 9), the airline announced.

To date, Etihad has only operated outbound flights that repatriated residents and visitors back to their native countries.

The airline had announced last month plans to resume passenger flights from May 16, only to later delay until mid-June.

However, in its latest update on its website Etihad has listed a schedule of flights that it says will repatriate UAE nationals and residents to Abu Dhabi.

The flights come with a pre-condition for passengers – they must apply for Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship approval via the UAE Twajudi Resident service, available at Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation website

Successful applicants will receive a "unique ICA approval number", which you will have to provide to Etihad Airways’ agents when you book.      

“When your ICA approval has been received, please call our Contact Centre to book your flight to return to the UAE,” read the message on the Etihad Airways' website.

“These flights have been approved by the UAE Government, and we’re working closely with authorities to continue these types of operations,” the airline said.

All passengers will “undertake PCR and thermal testing when they arrive into Abu Dhabi, and are required to self-isolate for 14 days”, it added.

Inbound flights schedule

  • Amsterdam: May 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 and 29 
  • Barcelona: May 14, 17, 24 and 31
  • Frankfurt: May 17, 24 and 31
  • Jakarta: May 15 and 29
  • Kuala Lumpur: May 23 and 30
  • London: May 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27 and 30
  • Manila: May 13, 15, 16, 20, 22, 23, 27, 29 and 30
  • Melbourne: May 13, 20 and 27
  • Seoul: May 22 and 29
  • Singapore: May 20 and 27
  • Tokyo: May 20 and 27
  • Toronto: May 12

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