The UAE has suspended the entry of all valid visa holders who are currently out of the country, for a renewable period of two weeks effective noon 19 March.
In a move to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 the entry of all valid visa holders who are currently out of the country has been suspended, according to the Emirates News Agency.
The precautionary measure is to ensure the safety of those affected by the decision, which is subject to renewals depending on the health status measures taken due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has requested those holding valid UAE visas, and now staying out of the country, to pursue the following procedures:
- Those who are now staying in their countries of origin have to contact the UAE diplomatic missions in their respective nations for all necessary support and to streamline their return back to the UAE.
- Those who are currently outside the UAE for business considerations have to contact their employers here as well as Emirati diplomatic missions in their host countries for all necessary support to facilitate their return back to the UAE.
- Those who are now on vacation have to contact UAE diplomatic missions in their respective host countries for all necessary support to facilitate their return back to the UAE.
- The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) has urged the families and next of kins of those affected by the decision to get in touch with the ICA via the following contact numbers to get updated on all the measures they have to pursue:
Landline: 02-3128867 / 02-3128865
In a statement today, ICA said the new decision comes as part of the preventive and precautionary measures taken to contain the spread of COVID-19.