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.
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.
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.
The #UAE has launched an initiative to return residents with valid visas who have been staying outside the country due to #Covid19. The initiative targets the return of nearly 200,000 people and will be coordinated between the @MOFAICUAE and the @icauae. pic.twitter.com/fPzpeuJPHl
— NCEMA UAE (@NCEMAUAE) June 11, 2020
Below is the announcement shared by MoFAIC UAE:
The UAE has launched an initiative to return residents with valid visas who have been staying outside the country due to Covid19. The initiative targets the return of nearly 200,000 people and will be coordinated between the @MoFAICUAE and ICA pic.twitter.com/MnCsiUIP4z
— Identity and Citizenship- UAE (@ICAUAE) June 11, 2020
UAE residents stuck overseas, please stay updated as we share more information once authorities will announce updates of this initiative.