UAE Removes Entry Restrictions for Foreign Residents

United Arab Emirates (UAE) has withdrawn the entry restrictions that obliged foreign residents to seek approval from the government before returning from overseas to the Gulf country.

Following the outbreak of Coronavirus in the UAE in March, the government had suspended the entry of non-citizens who were overseas as part of measures taken to contain the spread of the virus.


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Foreign residents were only allowed to return during this period either through special exemptions or after receiving approval via an online registration system.

Now, the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NECDMA) of UAE has stated that the requirement has been annulled.

However, foreign residents seeking a return to the UAE must furnish proof of negative Coronavirus test and other details including passport number before traveling, as per NECDMA.


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It remains unclear as of now whether the order extends to Dubai which had introduced its own entry permit while the rest of the country had been using a federal registration system.

UAE has reported around 63,500 cases and 358 deaths due to Coronavirus until now.

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