COVID-19: UAE Resumes Issuing New Visas Excluding Work Permits
Announcement made on Thursday should give major boost in last three months of 2020
The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship announced that it has resumed issuing entry permits into the country, commencing today (September 24, 2020). However, work permit issuance is still on hold at this stage.
The resumption of this service is within the framework of easing restrictions and strengthening the state’s efforts towards supporting recovery plans of the country’s tourism sector and economy.
The Authority stated that the decision follows the precautionary measures undertaken by the travel industry to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The decision to suspend the issuance of visas was put in place in March, with the exception of diplomatic passport holders, as part of all-round efforts to combat the spread of the virus.
Several of the emirates have different procedures for inbound and outbound passengers.
In Abu Dhabi, all arrivals must quarantine in their homes or a hotel room for 14 days. Last week, the authorities said travellers can expect to be fitted with an electronic tag on arrival to monitor their location for two weeks.
In Sharjah, officials said the city was set to welcome tourists as of this week and would test all passengers on arrival. Tourists must stay in their hotel rooms until they receive their results through a text message or app notification. They can move around freely if the results come back negative.
All travellers to the Emirates must take a PCR nasal swab test before boarding their flights in their home country.