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Leisure travel not allowed for expats and Emiratis, permit needed for travel abroad


DUBAI – UAE authorities on Wednesday (July 1) announced new rules for Emiratis and expatriates traveling abroad after international travel rules were relaxed in June.

On June 23, the UAE allowed international travel for UAE residents and citizens to selected destinations, but imposed certain conditions for travelers.

On Wednesday, Salem Al Zaabi, acting Chief of State for Emergency, Crisis and Disaster in the UAE, said that travel for leisure and tourism will not be allowed at this stage.

Al Zaabi said that those who wish to travel abroad must submit an application through the Federal Identity and Citizenship Authority website well before departure.

The new rule does not apply to those leaving the UAE on repatriation flights to their home country.

In June, Dr. Seif Al Dhaheri, spokesperson from the National Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, announced that conditions needed to be met before any Emirati or expat is allowed to travel abroad.

People over the age of 70 and those with health issues are discouraged from travelling. Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus prior to their flight will not be allowed to travel. ICA/Expat Media

New UAE travel rules from June 23

Can I travel for leisure abroad?

No. Leisure travel will not be allowed this time.

Which countries am I allowed to travel to?

You are free to travel to countries classified by the UAE as low-risk.

What about medium-risk countries?

Travel will be allowed to specific countries with medium risk but this will be limited to instances such as medical treatment, professional work, studies and diplomatic missions.

What about travel to high-risk countries?

Travel to high-risk countries will not be allowed.

Can I travel to another country after my original destination?

No. You cannot travel anywhere else that you haven’t declared in your travel application form.

Can everyone travel abroad starting on June 23?

Not everyone. People above the age of 70 are not allowed to travel and those with underlying health issues are discouraged from travelling.

What if I exhibit coronavirus symptoms?

Individuals with temperature more than 38ºC will be isolated upon arrival at the airport, while those with symptoms will not be allowed to travel.

Do I have to register with the government before travelling?

Yes. Emiratis and residents or expatriates with residence visa will need to register for the Twajudi service of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (FAIC) before travelling.

Do I need to undergo Covid-19 testing before traveling?

Yes. You cannot travel unless you can prove that you are Covid-19 negative.

Do I need health insurance?

Yes. You must have international health insurance before you are allowed to travel.

Do I need to wear a facemask?

Yes, you need to wear a facemask and gloves, and should abide by the precautionary measures at the airport.

What important documents do I need to carry?

You must carry a travel file that includes your health status or coronavirus test result, and ID cards. You should also download the Al Hosn app.

What if I experience Covid-19 symptoms in the country I am visiting?

You must visit the nearest medical centre for emergency testing.

What if an Emirati tests positive for Covid-19 in the country he or she is visiting?

An Emirati who tests positive for Covid-19 during the trip abroad must inform the UAE embassy in that country.

What should I do before returning to the UAE?

You need to fill in a personal responsibility form through the Al Hosn app.

Will I be quarantined upon return to the UAE?

Yes. You will be asked to undergo home quarantine for 14 days, which could be reduced to 7 days if you are coming from low-risk countries. If home quarantine is not possible, you can opt for hotel quarantine at your expense. ICA/Expat Media

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