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Authorities identify 4 cases that prohibit GCC residents from entering UAE

The Federal Authority for Identity, Nationality, Customs, and Ports Security (ICP) identified four instances in which Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) residents owning a GCC country electronic visa or entry permit are prohibited from entering the UAE.

The authority reaffirmed that residents of any GCC nation must obtain an electronic visa before traveling to the UAE. This visa entitles them to a 30-day stay in the UAE, which they may extend once for an additional 30-day stay.

The government also clarified that people with e-visas cannot enter the UAE if their residency has expired, been revoked, or changed after receiving their entry permit.

The authority emphasized that upon arrival at UAE ports, the resident’s GCC residency must have a validity of at least three months and that the entry permit holder’s passport must also have a validity of at least three months.

According to the authority, foreign nationals residing in other GCC nations must obtain an electronic visa before traveling to the UAE.

Residents of the GCC can apply for an entry visa through the ICP and the General Department of Residency for Foreign Affairs in Dubai.

The authority explained that, in the event of approval, the electronic visa is sent to the email listed in the application and noted that no request for a visit visa for a family member, assistance group, resident, or companion of a GCC citizen would be approved unless the sponsor is also traveling with them. BKM/ Expat Media

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