At the Dubai International Airport.


UAE welcomes return of expats with entry permits from June 1


DUBAI – Expatriates with valid residence visa and entry permit from the Federal Authority For Identity and Citizenship (ICA) are expected to start returning to the UAE beginning on June 1.

The ICA called on those holding valid residence visas and with family in the UAE to register for an entry permit through the service Residents’ Entry Permit via its website on

The ICA and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) announced on May 18 that those wishing to return to the UAE must have a valid residency visa and a family in the UAE in order to return to the emirates.

Expatriates who meet this criteria can apply for Residents’ Entry Permit, previously known as Twajudi service.

“The move is aimed at streamlining their safe return to the UAE,” the authorities said in a joint statement.


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The Ministry advised applicants not to book their travel tickets in advance unless they have received approval of their application.

“After getting the application approvals, please proceed to book your travel tickets as per your actual traveling dates,” the Ministry added.

Those without emergencies or urgent reasons to return to the UAE amid movement restrictions are urged to wait until travel policies return to normal.

How to register your request

1. Go to the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship website or click here

2. Key in your information, including Emirates ID number, passport number and the reason you left the UAE.

3. Attach supporting documents:

– Coloured photo
– Copy of residence visa
– Passport copy
– Proof of reason you left the UAE (letter from company in case of business trip, or flight tickets)
– Return ticket to UAE (optional)

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