ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Etihad Airways is welcoming the return of American travelers to Abu Dhabi following the addition of the United States to the UAE’s Green List, allowing leisure and business travelers from the US to visit the capital of the United Arab Emirates without having to quarantine.
Abu Dhabi is an inspiring cultural, culinary and beach destination, as well as an ideal stopover on the way to other destinations currently open to Americans, such as Dubai, Maldives, Seychelles and Sri Lanka.
"Many important milestones in the fight against COVID-19, both in the US and in Abu Dhabi, have brought us to this momentous day,” said Vincent Frascogna, Vice President Americas, Etihad Airways. “Etihad and Abu Dhabi have been at the forefront of mitigating the spread of the virus with robust hygiene and vaccination programs, and we are thrilled to welcome Americans once again with the announcement of a special fare sale.”
The health and safety of passengers has been Etihad’s top priority during the pandemic and will continue to be as more destinations reopen to international travelers. The Etihad Wellness program has been recognized as an industry-leading effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, and in February, Etihad became the first airline in the world with 100% of its pilots and cabin crew on board vaccinated. For added peace of mind, since August 2020, Etihad has been the only airline in the world to make COVID PCR testing mandatory throughout its global network, before departure and on arrival in Abu Dhabi for 100% of passengers.
Recently, Etihad partnered with the International Air Transport Association to launch the IATA Travel Pass for Etihad guests. The pass helps passengers easily and securely manage their travel in line with government requirements for Covid tests or vaccines and is in the trial phase.
Etihad Airways currently flies non-stop to Abu Dhabi from three gateways in the United States: New York (JFK), Washington, D.C. (DCA) and Chicago (ORD). Offering Economy, Business Class and First Class fares, the onboard experience has been modified to minimize contact between passengers and crew while still offering many of the luxurious comforts the airline is renowned for. At the airport, fliers will also find the check-in process has been made contactless.
Business Class and First Class passengers enjoy access to the Etihad lounge upon arrival in Abu Dhabi, as well as complimentary transportation via Etihad Chauffeur to their hotel if they will be staying in the city or heading to Dubai. There is much to explore in Abu Dhabi, including the rides and thrills of Yas Island’s theme parks, tranquil beaches, and cultural sites such as Louvre Abu Dhabi and the splendor of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Qasr Al Watan palace.