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UAE resumes visa issuance to domestic workers, entry permits for government and semi-government employees


ABU DHABI – The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) has started re-issuing visas for domestic workers into the country.

In a statement on Monday, the authority also announced that it will resume the issuance of entry permits for employees working for the UAE government and semi-government organisations and other vital sectors.

The resumption of this service is within the framework of strengthening the country’s efforts towards supporting recovery plans, the economy as well as the tourism industry, according to ICA.

It is also in coordination with the National Emergency and Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, according to the ICA.

Applicants can submit applications via the ICA website ( and must present a negative Covid-19 test before arrival into the UAE.

Employers are required to ensure arrivals enter a 14-day quarantine period upon arrival, in coordination with concerning bodies.

The authority added that it will continue to allow entry of domestic workers of all nationalities with valid residency permits as well as government, semi-government and vital sector employees, provided that their employers submit applications via the ICA website.

The authority stressed the importance of adhering to the pre-testing procedures before visiting the country, as part of precautionary measures taken by authorities to confront the pandemic. ICA/WAM/Expat Media

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