I'm flying Etihad Airways to Melbourne and I've a 14 hours layover at Abu Dhabi.

Some say that as long as you are inside the airport terminal you don't require a transit visa while some say you need a transit visa if your layover is more than 10 hours.

Can I stay inside the airport without a transit visa?

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    What is your nationality? That'll likely make a big difference
    – Gagravarr
    Commented Aug 22, 2014 at 4:54
  • i just want to know if one can stay inside the airport without a transit visa if the layover time is 14 hours. i arrive at terminal 3 and depart from terminal 3 and i don't intent on going out of the airport terminal. can i wait at the departure?
    – JAck
    Commented Aug 22, 2014 at 6:10
  • Hi may I know if you ended up getting a visa or having a transit without problems?
    – John
    Commented Mar 7, 2017 at 16:22

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You need transit visa only if you want to go out from the airport to the city. If you stay in airport, you will be in a transit zone without passing the boarder. In this case you no need to have transit visa.

However, for 14 hours you may see a lot of interesting things in a city. More information about visas you may find there: http://www.abudhabiairport.ae/english/airport-information/check-in-and-passport-control/immigration-and-visas.aspx

If you are a citizen of one of the following countries, you will be issued with a free-of-charge visit visa upon entry: UK, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Finland, Spain, Monaco, Vatican, Iceland, Andorra, San Marino, Liechtenstein, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Hungary, Latvia, Estonia, Malta, Cyprus, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, United States, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

  • Thank you for the information.. i'm not from the countries listed above so i'm not eligible for visa on arrival. The only thing i can do is wait for 14 hours at terminal 3 for my connecting flight. thank you again
    – JAck
    Commented Aug 22, 2014 at 7:09

I travelled in July-2017 and my transit time was 8 hrs 5 min. There was No Visa needed. I stayed inside the terminal for the entire time.

DO NOT rely on Etihad agents as some of the agents told me that I needed a Visa if my stay is more than 8 hrs.

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