Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, some visitors have been unable to return to their home countries.
With governments and authorities ramping up efforts to slow the acceleration of the novel coronavirus, unprecedented measures have been taken to limit the movement of people around the world.
In the UAE, all flights have been suspended with the aim of limiting the spread of virus, and many other countries have grounded flights or closed their borders. This has meant that there are travellers facing difficulties in getting home; as such, stories of people stranded at airports and unable to gain entry to countries due to visa restrictions are becoming more frequent.
Visitors stranded due to border closures
In efforts to assist travellers who could not leave the UAE due to border closures, the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, ICA, has announced that measure will be put in place to ensure that people can stay without concerns of overstays or visa issues.
According to WAM, the ICA has affirmed that visitors to the UAE who could not leave the country due to land and air border closures will receive necessary support; they will be granted permission to stay in the country legitimately.
“The ICA is keen to deal with various developments arising from the measures taken at both regional and international levels to contain the spread of coronavirus, COVID-19, in a way that will ensure necessary care to all residents of the UAE,” the Authority said in a statement.
The specific mechanism for assisting visitors to the UAE who have been impacted will be announced in the coming days.
While global travel restrictions may seem extreme to some, they are necessary measures that need to be taken if we are all to return to our normal day-to-day lives in the coming weeks. In the UAE, the message is clear and broadcast for all to see: #StayHome.
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