On Tuesday 11, August 2020, The National Emergency and Crisis Management Authority and The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship of the United Arab Emirates, announced that residents currently stranded abroad would no longer need to apply for an entry permit to return to the country.
The second phase of the Resident Return Programme will come into effect from Wednesday 12, August 2020, following approval by the UAE’s National Authority for Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management and the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA).
The ICA will automatically grant pre-approval for expats with a valid visa wishing to return. However, residents have been advised to update their data, ID number, passport number and nationality.
Those travelling back to the UAE must take a Covid-19 PCR test from an accredited laboratory no more than 96 hours before flying, and a negative result must be produced before airlines allow passengers to board.
Earlier this week it was announced by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) that the deadline for holders of expired entry permits and visas would be extended for one month from August 11, 2020.
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