Abu Dhabi: Etihad Announces Visa On Arrival For Passengers From 70 Countries


Etihad Airways the Flagship carrier of Abu Dhabi, UAE recently announced new rules for availing Visa on Arrival facility for passengers arriving from ‘Green List’ countries and other destinations.

Last week Abu Dhabi has announced that travelers can enter the country if they are a UAE national or resident, or if they are eligible for a visa on arrival.

Etihad Airways now announced visas on arrival for travelers arriving from 70 countries, including Canada, China, Maldives, France, UK, and the US.

These passengers do not need to apply for a visa before traveling to UAE. “When you land in Abu Dhabi, simply make your way to immigration to receive a visa when you arrive,” said Etihad.


It is important to note that passengers traveling from India will only be permitted to enter the UAE if they are:

  • A UAE National, Golden/Silver Visa holder or diplomat.
  • A fully vaccinated resident of the UAE – you must have proof of having received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine within the UAE no less than 14 days before travel.
  • Medical personnel, education sector workers or students studying in the UAE.
  • Travelling for medical reasons.
  • A federal government agency worker.

However, Indian citizens that hold a US visitor visa or green card are eligible for visa on arrival in Abu Dhabi. This also applies to Indian nationals who have a UK or EU residence valid for at least 6 months. Their passports must have at least six months’ validity.

Those who have been in Nigeria or South Africa in the past 14 days will not be permitted to enter the UAE. This does not apply to:

  • Nationals of the UAE and their immediate family members
  • Guests with a diplomatic or an official passport traveling on duty with an official letter from the UAE MOFA

Domestic Helpers Are Permitted

Etihad added that domestic helpers are permitted to enter when traveling with a GCC national sponsor or a direct family member of the sponsor.


Traveling To Dubai Or Other Emirate

If you are a tourist traveling to Dubai or other emirates via Abu Dhabi, your visa must be issued for Abu Dhabi, unless you are entering from a green list country.

Kenya, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, or Turkey and you will transfer directly to another emirate after arriving in Abu Dhabi – you must travel by Etihad Coach or Etihad Chauffeur

Entry Restrictions, Travel Requirements

Other Nationals
  • Nationals of the Republic of Korea traveling under the Fast Track programme and arriving at Abu Dhabi must have a pre-approval to enter and an ‘Isolation Exemption Certificate’.
  • Nationals of Indonesia traveling under the Safe Travel Corridor programme must have an entry permit and a return ticket.
  • Nationals of Qatar will be permitted entry into the UAE without permission or entry permit as long as they comply with the precautionary and preventive measures in place.
Long-term Visa

Those with a canceled resident visa or an expired tourist visa currently residing in UAE can apply for a ‘Long Term Tourist Visa Single Entry’.

“You can apply for the tourist visa whilst you are in the UAE to avoid any fines or legal implications,” said the airline.


Once the visa is approved, the resident or visitor will need to complete the status change application at Etihad Airways Headquarters in Abu Dhabi. Visa processing should take three to four days.

All pre-arranged entry visas (including new residence visas) issued before 17 March 2020 have now been invalidated and will not be accepted for entry into the UAE.

Abu Dhabi Green List Countries and Travel Corridors

You won’t need to quarantine if you’re traveling on a direct flight to Abu Dhabi from any of the countries below.

AustraliaNew Zealand
BelgiumRepublic of Ireland (from 18 Aug 2 pm)
BulgariaSaudi Arabia
Czech RepublicSingapore
GermanySouth Korea
Hong Kong, ChinaSweden (from 18 Aug 2 pm)
Malta (from 18 Aug 2 pm)Taiwan, China

The following countries will be removed from the green list on 18 August at 2 pm UAE time and will remain green until this time:

  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Maldives
  • United States of America

Travel Corridors

If you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you will not be required to quarantine when you travel between the UAE and the following destinations:

  • Bahrain
  • Greece
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles

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Also Read: Abu Dhabi Announces Process For Verifying International Vaccination Certificates For Visitors


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  1. Etihad Airways adopt a much impressive approach to tackle COVID-19. Also, they didn’t leave even a minor loophole, which makes this approach more effective and easily adaptable.
    After a long time, I read an article without any regret.

    And if you meet all the requirements and want to visit Abu Dhabi from Canada, you can go through the “TravelJunctrion Canada” for the cheapest flight deals.

  2. What’s the fate of Nigerian nationals that have been fully vaccinated in the face of these restrictions?

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