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How to Apply for a Moving Permit in Dubai

These are the steps to follow to obtain a moving permit if you need to leave the house for necessities

Posted on

6 April 2020

Last updated on 13 May 2020
by Rebecca Roberts
Moving permit in Dubai

It's easier than you think to get a moving permit right now...

Since Sunday April 5, all residents and citizens in Dubai were required to have a move permit when leaving the home for necessities. This has since been updated, and individuals only require a move permit during the hours of 10pm and 6am.

The Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management confirmed that Dubai residents must obtain prior permission every time they leave their homes during these curfew hours in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the emirate.

Previously, the move permit was given to individuals who needed to leave their home for necessities, such as picking-up groceries, visiting a pharmacy, a hospital, or for a medical appointment. Now, during the Holy Month and moving forwards, individuals are only able to gain a move permit between 10pm and 6am for medical emergencies only.

It's important that your move permit is obtained and approved in advance, before leaving your home. If you are found to be outside of your home without a valid reason during the curfew hours, you may face a fine and/or prosecution by authorities.

Here's how to get your move permit in Dubai during the Coronavirus lockdown...

How to get a move permit in Dubai

Having an approved move permit allows authorities and Dubai Police to cross-check their records if you are stopped while out of your home. This is how to obtain one if you need it:

1. Head to on your computer or mobile browser - if using a computer, keep your mobile close-by anyway as you'll need it.

2. Input your mobile number when requested. You will receive an One Time Password (OTP) via SMS, which you need to then input and verify.

3. Once verified, you will be taken to a dashboard. Here you will see what requests you have submitted, which have been approved/denied, and also apply for a new permit.

4. For a new permit request, enter your mobile number, your full name, your ID type and number (Emirates ID is easiest), your nationality, and occupation.

5. Next, you will be required to input information regarding your journey; your home address, your destination, the times during which you'd like to travel, and your vehicle registration plate number.

6. Once submitted, it will appear as pending in the same screen to the left. Once approved, the listing will turn green and you should receive an SMS confirming the same directly to your mobile phone.

What if you don't have a car?

Information released thus far has been unclear as to whether residents require a move permit if they wish to visit the supermarket or pharmacy on foot, since the move permit requires a vehicle licence plate number to be obtained. However an update on April 6 on the official move permit website now includes options to travel by private car, metro, bus, or by walking/cycling.

As a result, anyone wishing to step out to buy essentials will need a permit for any mode of transport, including walking or cycling.

Do essential workers require a move permit?

No, essential workers in the below listed fields do not need to apply for a move permit to go to work each day. They must carry their Emirates ID and a letter from their employer stating who they are and their role.

The professions exempt from travel restrictions include:

  • medical workers and pharmacy staff
  • supermarket staff and delivery drivers
  • food outlet workers
  • industrial workers and supply chain staff
  • water and electricity employees and petrol station staff
  • telecoms workers and journalists
  • airport and shipping personnel
  • construction workers, if the company has a permit to continue work
  • government, police and customs officers

A few other critical service industries are also exempt, including banks and exchange houses, laundry staff, and maintenance workers, but these workers are only allowed to commute to work between 8 am and 2 pm.

Please note: This information is correct at the time of writing. Things are changing on a daily basis but we endeavour to make sure the correct, up-to-date information is shared with our readers. Last updated 13th May, 2020.