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Second phase of UAE Resident Return Programme to ease re-entry to Abu Dhabi

Effective immediately, the Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) and the National Crisis & Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) have launched the second phase of the UAE Resident Return Programme, which now removes the need for residents of Abu Dhabi to wait for approval to return to the capital while overseas.

The development is welcome news for Etihad Airways’ UAE residents at home or overseas, who can now travel with ease and return to Abu Dhabi freely without having to wait for approval to do so while abroad. With the gradual return to normal life in Abu Dhabi, this step will further ease the re-entry process for a greater number of professionals as schools and universities re-open and regular working practices are resumed. 

Before booking their flight to or from Abu Dhabi, residents are encouraged to visit a new easy-to-use website at https://uaeentry.ica.gov.ae, and submit their passport number, and Emirates ID number, to obtain instant verification of their UAE entry status, in accordance with their UAE residence visa validity.

Currently, all guests travelling on Etihad Airways flights to and via Abu Dhabi are required to show a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from a government-approved testing facility, and from 16 August, this will also apply to all guests departing Abu Dhabi. Travellers must visit www.etihad.com/destinationguide for up-to-date information. The PCR test must be carried out within 96 hours prior to their departure and a negative COVID-19 PCR test result certificate must be shown for approval to board. Timings will differ for those flying from China or the USA. Guests departing Pakistan and India must use an Etihad approved medical facility. Children under the age of 12 and people with mild to severe disabilities are currently exempt from this PCR test requirement.