The directive comes into effect at noon on Thursday March 19.
Due to the ongoing global spread of COVID-19, the UAE has suspended the entry of all its valid residence visa holders. According to WAM, those who are currently out of the country will not be able to enter the UAE for a renewable period of two weeks, effective from 12.00 noon of Thursday, March 19.
This development follows the previous announcement on March18 that all visas on arrival will be suspended, with the exception of diplomatic passport holders. As reported by WAM, this is precautionary measure to ensure the safety of those who are affected by the decision itself, and the decision is subject to renewal depending on the health status and measures that are being taken as a result of the novel coronavirus outbreak.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has requested those holding valid UAE visas, and now staying out of the country, to pursue the correct procedure for their situation::
What should UAE residents do if they are in their countries of origin?
Those who are now staying in their countries of origin have to contact the UAE diplomatic missions in their respective nations for all necessary support and to streamline their return back to the UAE.
What should residents do if they are outside the UAE for business purposes?
As the UAE suspends entry for residents, those who are currently outside the UAE for business considerations have to contact their employers here as well as Emirati diplomatic missions in their host countries for all necessary support to facilitate their return back to the UAE.
What should UAE residents do if they are on vacation?
Those who are now on vacation have to contact UAE diplomatic missions in their respective host countries for all necessary support to facilitate their return back to the UAE.
The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) has urged the families and kins of those affected by the decision to get in touch with the ICA via the following contact numbers to get updated on all the measures they have to pursue:
- Fax: 025543883
- Mobile: 0501066099
- Landline: 02 3128867 | 02 3128865
- Email: Operation@ica.gov.ae
In a statement today, ICA said the new decision comes as part of the preventive and precautionary measures taken to contain the spread of COVID-19.
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