Staff Report/Abu Dhabi
Passengers arriving in Abu Dhabi are now required to wear a tracking wristband during the mandatory 14-day home quarantine due to Covid-19, according Etihad Airways.Authorities at Abu Dhabi International Airport are giving out the medically-approved tag to passengers arriving from all countries."On arrival into Abu Dhabi you must self-isolate for 14 days. Self-isolation must take place at home and you will be required to wear a medically approved wristband for the duration. The wristband will be provided by the authorities at Abu Dhabi Airport after you clear immigration," Etihad Airways said in the new guidelines posted on its website. "If you are holding a diplomatic passport, under the age of 18, over the age of 60, or suffering from a chronic disease, you will be exempt from having to wear the wristband."Travellers arriving from a country deemed high risk by the UAE authorities may be subject to quarantine at a government facility.The airline has also told passengers that they will be asked to complete a form agreeing to self-isolate and do everything they can to limit the spread of Covid-19 in the UAE. "We recommend you complete this form in advance of your trip," said the airline.All passengers arriving in Abu Dhabi undergo thermal screening and COVID-19 PCR testing at Abu Dhabi airport. Children under the age of 12 are excluded from the tests.It is mandatory to have a Covid-19 PCR test before you fly with Etihad Airways. "Your test must be carried out a maximum of 96 hours before your flight departure time at any government accredited medical facility. Timings will differ if you are flying from China and other select destinations. Guests departing Pakistan and India must use an Etihad approved medical facility," said the airline adding that children under 12 and people with mild and severe disabilities are exempt from Covid-19 PCR testing. "This may vary by destination - always check before you fly," said Etihad Airways.