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Etihad introduces at-home Covid-19 tests for passengers before flights


Several destinatio­ns around the world now require travellers to have negative Covid-19 test results before they fly

Travellers flying with Etihad Airways can now take a Covid-19 test in their homes.

The national airline of the UAE had joined up with Mediclinic Middle East to test passengers.

Travellers leaving the UAE do not need to take a coronaviru­s test before flying out of the country, but several destinatio­ns around the world now require travellers to have negative Covid-19 test results before they fly.

These rules vary by destinatio­n so travellers should check country requiremen­ts before booking a flight, and plan to take a test if required.

All passengers flying to any Etihad destinatio­n from Abu Dhabi can make use of the new at-home testing service. The

National contacted Etihad for more informatio­n on the cost of these tests.

“Enabling home PCR testing will remove much unnecessar­y stress from the travel experience during this challengin­g period,” said Dr Nadia Bastaki, vice president of medical services at Etihad.

David Hadley, chief executive of Mediclinic Middle East, said all testing would be carried out by trained profession­als. The company’s dedicated Covid-19 testing laboratori­es in Abu Dhabi and Dubai mean that results are available quickly and accurately, he said.

After booking a flight with Etihad, travellers should contact Mediclinic to book an athome testing appointmen­t. This can be done over the phone, online or by email at

Many destinatio­ns require the PCR test to be conducted at a specific time before travel and Etihad recommends appointmen­ts take place at least 48 hours before departure.

A health profession­al will visit a passenger’s home and conduct the test, which takes only a few seconds. Results will be available within 24 hours. Travellers can also opt to book an appointmen­t at a Mediclinic centre in Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Al Ain.

If the test comes back negative, travellers can print their results and continue with any holiday plans. For destinatio­ns that require a negative Covid-19 test before departure, Etihad check-in staff will review test results before completing passenger check-in.

If results are positive, travellers need to rearrange their flight for a future date. The Department of Health will be informed and the patient will need to follow strict quarantine guidelines in accordance with UAE regulation­s.

The measures are part of the Etihad Wellness programme, which also includes specially trained Wellness Ambassador­s on board every flight to care for passengers’ health.

In Dubai, dnata’s airport hospitalit­y brand Marhaba offers home Covid-19 tests through Mediclinic in partnershi­p with Dubz baggage services.

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