Due to often rumours on travel bans to the UAE, the UAE government has set up a community platform to enable the public, and the media ask questions to Dubai’s senior government officials. This initiative is called #AskDXBOfficial, and you can follow the hashtag on Twitter!
The initiative has enabled us to learn more about grey areas around the Emirate’s travel regulations. The Director-General of the General Directorate of Residency & Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA), Major General Mohammed Al Marri of the UAE clarified that there is no ban on UAE residents stranded abroad with valid or expired visa even beyond 6-months; and that they are allowed to return to the country provided they follow set procedures. These procedures are compulsory:
- Get a Return Permit from GDRFA-Dubai; as expected
- Obtain a COVID-19 Negative Test Result.
Additionally, anyone with expired resident visa must renew such before travelling else such a person will have to make a new application for a resident visa. Also, the choice of the airline does not affect your entry into Dubai.
Good news also reached tourism companies, as the GDRFA is working on solutions for those whose tourist/visit visa was cancelled due to the pandemic. Major General Al Merri hinted that decisions on this would be taken soon.
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