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At the Dubai International Airport.

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GDRFA approval for UAE expats returning to Dubai from 6 restricted countries

 

DUBAI – UAE expatriates returning to Dubai from six restricted countries must get an approval from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA), it was announced on Wednesday (August 4).

The new rule applies to exempted travelers from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Nigeria and Uganda.

According to GDRFA in a circular, airlines will not accept any passenger without the authority’s approval.

Airlines who allow passengers without GDRFA approval to board flights will be held responsible to “return such passenger to the point of embarkation and also any other matters that may arise therefrom”.

People with residence visas issued in other emirates can apply for permission from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship to return to the UAE.

Travelers must have a valid UAE residence visa, and must have obtained Covid-19 vaccination doses in the UAE. They must also have completed 14 days after their second dose.

The exempted travelers must hold a vaccination card issued from a medical institution in the UAE, including a vaccine certificate from a smart app of government medical entities in UAE.

Exempted travelers allowed to enter UAE

Medical professionals and staff, including doctors, nurses and technicians, from the six restricted countries are allowed to return to the UAE, irrespective of their vaccination status.

Staff and employees of the education sector, including professors and teachers, as well as students studying in the UAE, can also return to the country, irrespective of their vaccination status.

Holders of a valid visa, and those coming to the UAE on humanitarian grounds, can also return to the country, irrespective of their vaccination status.

Employees and staff of local and federal government entities can also return to the UAE, irrespective of their vaccination status.

The UAE will also allow the entry of those who will undergo medical treatment in the country, irrespective of their vaccination status.

UAE travel procedure for exempted passengers

Prior to their flight, exempted passengers must submit a request to return to the UAE through the website of the GDRFA: https://smart.gdrfad.gov.ae/homepage.aspx

A holder of valid UAE resident visa, with received complete vaccination doses in the UAE and has completed 14 days after their second dose, must submit a vaccination certificate or card through the GDRFA website.

Ahead of their flight, exempted passengers must hold a valid negative Covid-19 test certificate issued within 48 hours. The certificate must be issued from approved health centres, which use a QR code system.

They must undergo a rapid test before boarding the aircraft, and take a PCR test on arrival in the UAE. ICA/Expat Media


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