At the Dubai International Airport. Picture for illustration purposes only.
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DUBAI – UAE authorities have issued updated rules regarding international travel for expatriates and Emiratis who have been given a permit to travel.
On June 23, the UAE allowed international travel for UAE residents and citizens to selected destinations, but imposed certain conditions for travelers.
Salem Al Zaabi, acting Chief of State for Emergency, Crisis and Disaster in the UAE, announced the updated rules on Wednesday (July 1).
Those who need to travel for medical treatment, studies, business trips, work trips, diplomatic missions, humanitarian reasons and those who want to return to their home country.
No. Travel for leisure and tourism will not be allowed at this stage.
People with chronic illnesses, anyone over the age of 70 (unless the trip is for medical treatment), and those who are infected with coronavirus are not permitted to travel.
Yes. You need to apply for a permit through the Federal Identity and Citizenship Authority (ICA) website. The permit will cost Dh50.
1. If you are traveling for medical treatment: Emirates ID copy, residence visa copy, passport copy, recommendation from medical committee
2. Students: ID copy, residence visa copy, passport copy, letter of no objection by Ministry of Education
3. If you are traveling for business or work: ID copy, residence visa copy, passport copy, letter from employer proving work or training outside the country (for employees)
4. If you are traveling for humanitarian cases: ID copy, residence visa copy, passport copy, certificate proving illness or death of first degree relative
You are free to travel to countries classified by the UAE as low-risk.
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.
Travel to high-risk countries will not be allowed.
No. You cannot travel anywhere else that you haven’t declared in your travel application form.
Individuals with temperature more than 38ºC will be isolated upon arrival at the airport, while those with symptoms will not be allowed to travel.
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.
Yes. You cannot travel unless you can prove that you are Covid-19 negative.
You need to take a PCR Covid-19 test within 48 hours of leaving the UAE and present a certificate proving you are Covid-free before boarding. You must also fill in a health declaration form.
Yes. You must have international health insurance before you are allowed to travel.
Yes, you need to wear a facemask and gloves, and should abide by the precautionary measures at the airport.
You must carry a travel file that includes your health status or coronavirus test result, and Emirates ID. You should also download the Al Hosn app.
You must visit the nearest medical centre for emergency testing.
An Emirati who tests positive for Covid-19 during the trip abroad must inform the UAE embassy in that country.
You need to fill in a personal responsibility form through the Al Hosn app.
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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