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Layover in Abu Dhabi from Bangkok to DC

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Layover in Abu Dhabi from Bangkok to DC


This is our first really long international flight out of the U.S. We have the option of doing a 3 hour 45 minute layover in Abu Dhabi or a 21 hour layover in Abu Dhabi on our way home from Thailand to the U.S (Ethiad airlines). Getting off of a 6 hour flight and onto a 15 hour flight after a few hours sounds daunting. Would you recommend the longer 21 hour layover and getting a hotel ? Or just doing the shorter layover? They are the same price. We would be flying on Jan. 13 arriving in Abu Dhabi at 12:20 pm.

If we did the longer layover are there special rules that apply would we need a visa? Thanks!

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1. Re: Layover in Abu Dhabi from Bangkok to DC

AUH (Abu Dhabi Airport) is far from the centre. That said, it you've never been there and Etihad offers you a good deal, it might be fun to discover a new place. Abu Dhabi is not comparable to Dubai (a bit more authentic). And I guess as an American, you should be able to get a visa on arrival. So if you are curious, go for the 21 hours option. If not, stick to the 3 hours...

P.S.: Dubai is 2+ hours away if you prefer...

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