200,000 UAE expats stuck overseas to be brought back to UAE

There’s an approximate 200,000 UAE residents who have been stuck oversease for about 3 months now. Ever since the borders were closed and flights were cancelled, many expats have been anticipating on when they can return.

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In an announcement made on Thursday (June 11), UAE authorities have shared that they are launching an initiative in order to return residents who hold valid UAE residence visas and have been staying outside the country due to the virus.

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UAE to Bring Back Residents Stuck Overseas

The UAE will continue its intensive efforts to combat the virus, both internally and externally, to protect citizens and residents across the UAE.

Approximately 31,000 residents have already returned to the #UAE between March 25 to June 8 2020, these cases were prioritized based on family matters and humanitarian cases.

Regarding the procedures used to obtain approval to return, individuals are required to register with the “Resident Entry Permit” service on the website (http://Smartservice.ica.gov.ae), and all requests submitted will be answered within 48 hours.

After obtaining the approval, the individual will be able to complete the booking of a return ticket on the national carriers or other airlines that operate flights to the #UAE, based on the e-mail received by the ICA.

Medical checks will be conducted for travellers arriving to the UAE, and they will be obligated to undertake quarantine for a period of 14 days, any cost will be incurred by the traveller.

In addition, travellers must use one of the special apps approved to track their health status, in order to preserve their safety and the safety of society.

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Below is the announcement shared by MoFAIC UAE:


UAE residents stuck overseas, please stay updated as we share more information once authorities will announce updates of this initiative.

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