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UAE Issues New Procedures for Residents Returning to the Country

Applying for re-entry approval at the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship is no longer needed from August 12

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12 August 2020

Last updated on 12 August 2020
UAE Issues New Procedures for Residents Returning to the Country

UAE authorities have replaced re-entry registration with a new procedure for residents arriving in any Emirate except Dubai

On Wednesday morning, authorities announced via their official Twitter that special approval for resident traveling to the UAE (except to Dubai) will no longer be in place starting August 12.

Under the previous guidelines, all UAE residents who wish to return to the country had to apply for approval beforehand from the UAE Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship. Now, residents will be permitted to travel into the country, only if they follow the new procedures.

The official tweet read: "#NCEMA and the @ICAUAE approved the second phase for the return of residents, starting from 12/08/2020, aligned with end of the summer vacation for educational establishments and the continued return of shopping centers and services."

"In order to facilitate returns, the @ICAUAE has developed the current procedures by replacing registration and waiting for approval to automatically granting pre-approval without the need to submit an application and start the procedures for the return trip," the tweet thread continued.

The new procedures for returning UAE residents include updating data, including a valid Emirates ID and passport number at this smart services government portal.

Doing so will allow residents to travel to the UAE with no need for a lengthy registration and approval process.

Note that residents who wish to land in Dubai will be required to apply at the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigner Affairs immigration service to return to the country, and provide a negative Covid-19 test.

Once a traveller has updated their details, he or she must then take a PCR nasal swab test at a local accredited lab. When a negative result has been received, he or she must immediately book a ticket to the UAE within 96 hours of their test and flight.

According to NCEMA, "all precautionary measures will be applied to residents upon arrival to the UAE, which include a lab Covid-19 test and to abide by quarantine rules, plus downloading Al Hosn app, in order to preserve their health and safety".

Entry procedure for UAE tourists and visitors

For tourists and visitors entering Dubai, pre-approval is not required, but a negative Covid-19 test in their home country is mandatory.

UAE tourists and visitors are still not permitted entry to Abu Dhabi, but can arrive in Dubai if they have negative PCR nasal swab or DPI blood test results.

New arrivals in the UAE may be asked to take a new PCR nasal swab test at the airport and must remain at an isolated health facility until results are given.