UAE residents who are currently stranded overseas due to the coronavirus outbreak will be allowed to return from June 1.

 

The news was confirmed in an announcement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) and the Federal Authority For Identity and Citizenship (ICA).

Both authorities outlined the decision was made for the government’s wish to help those who hold a valid residency visa to be reunited with their relatives in the UAE.

“The UAE is keen to facilitate the procedures for holders of valid UAE residency outside the country to reunite with their families who were affected by the precautionary measures taken by the country in light of the current exceptional circumstances to combat COVID-19,” both authorities said in a joint statement, UAE state news agency WAM reports.

In order to apply, foreign nationals who hold a valid residency visa for the UAE should register for the ‘Residents’ Entry Permit’ on this website: smartservices.ica.gov.ae.

For those entering the country there are stringent precautions being taken, which have been previously outlined by Dubai-based airline Emirates.

“Stringent entry restrictions remain in place upon arrival in Dubai which includes: a mandatory DHA test on arrival; a mandatory 14-day quarantine and a follow up test before release,” the statement said.

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