Etihad adds destinations for special flights to return UAE residents

These flights have already received approvals from the UAE government

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways has added two more destinations – Toronto and Belgrade – to which it will organise special flights to and from the UAE.

It will operate a flight that departs from Abu Dhabi to Toronto on May 21 with one-way economy tickets beginning at Dhs5,999, as noted on its website.

There will be a return flight that departs from Toronto which will return citizens and residents to the country that will depart at 10.50am from Toronto on May 22. The one-way economy tickets on this sector start at Dhs6,380.

Etihad will also organise a one-off flight to Belgrade from Abu Dhabi on May 21. One-way economy tickets on this route begin at Dhs3,424.

It will operate an inbound service too from Belgrade to Abu Dhabi, also on May 21, that will depart from Belgrade 2.05pm, with one-way economy fares starting at Dhs3,900.

The airline added in a statement on its website that these flights have already received approvals from the UAE government.

All UAE residents who wish to return on these flights must apply for ICA approval via the UAE Twajudi resident service, available at the Ministry Foreign Affairs website (

If the application is successful, residents will receive a unique ICA approval number, which will have to be provided to Etihad when booking the ticket.

The airline has said that only those with a valid UAE residence visa and ICA approval number will be permitted to enter the UAE.

Upon arrival in Abu Dhabi, all passengers will be subject to Covid-19 testing (PCR test) and thermal testing and are required to self-isolate for 14 days.

On May 9, Etihad began operating limited inbound flights for UAE residents from 12 cities, and has since added additional destinations to that list.

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