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Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, has temporarily suspended all transit services through Abu Dhabi International Airport.

The suspension of services began 10 p.m. (UAE local time) on Monday, March 23 in order to limit the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus and to protect citizens, residents, and international travelers.

Any passengers booked on connecting flights via Abu Dhabi to anywhere else on the Etihad network will not be permitted to travel. Etihad is attempting to contact these guests to advise them of the development.

Only UAE citizens, their immediate family members, diplomatic passport holders, and those with UAE-API clearance will be allowed entry into Abu Dhabi. All passengers who are not traveling to Abu Dhabi, are advised not to go to the airport, but to visit to understand their rebooking options.

Etihad Airways will also temporarily suspend all flights from 11:59 p.m. (UAE local time) on Wednesday, March 25 for an initial period of 14 days, following a decision by the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, and the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).

Etihad Airways regrets any inconvenience caused and continues to follow UAE and international government and regulatory authority directives and is applying a contingency plan to assist affected customers.

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