Mandatory Wristband For Passengers Returning to Abu Dhabi, Says Etihad


Etihad Airways on Thursday confirms that all passengers arriving into Abu Dhabi now required to wear a ‘medically approved wristband’ for the duration of their 14-days home quarantine.

All UAE residents returning to Abu Dhabi onboard Etihad Airways flights must self-isolate at home for 14 days, the airline has stated on its website.


To monitor this quarantine, the passengers will be issued medically approved wristbands. The wristband is provided by authorities at Abu Dhabi Airport after passengers clear the immigration process.

Medically Approved Wristband – Abu Dhabi

However, diplomatic passports holders, those under the age of 18 or above 60, and individuals suffering from a chronic disease are exempted to wear the wristbands.


Without specifying the list of countries, Etihad Airways said that those who are returning from a country deemed high risk by the UAE authorities could also be subject to quarantine at a government facility.

Passengers will be required to complete a form agreeing to self-isolate and do everything they will to limit the spread of Covid-19 within the UAE.

All incoming passengers, except those under the age of 12, are subjected to a Covid-19 PCR test at the airport itself.

UAE nationals and residents with valid visas can return to the UAE without any prior Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) approvals but are encouraged to register their passport and Emirates ID numbers on to verify the validity of their residence status.


Individuals who aren’t UAE nationals or residents with valid visas will be unable to enter Abu Dhabi. These include people who possess other visa types, including tourist visas.

All passengers, except those under the age of 12, traveling to Abu Dhabi must also undergo a Covid-19 PCR test before they board their flights undertaken a maximum of 96 hours before their flight departure time at any government accredited medical facility.

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