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Combating Covid-19: Residency, visit visa holders in UAE exempted from overstay fines

mary@khaleejtimes.com Filed on April 1, 2020 | Last updated on April 1, 2020 at 10.09 pm
 Combating, Covid-19, Residency, visit visa, holders, UAE, exempted, overstay fines

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The GDRFA director stressed that the procedures in place at the airport have helped prevent the spread of the virus.

Residency and visit visa holders in the UAE are exempted from overstay fines for three months, a top official has said. Major-General Mohammed Ah med Al Marri, Director of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA), said even those outside the UAE are exempted from the fines.

The officer made these comments while speaking to a local TV channel.

He said remote working has been activated for the GDRFA staff, but reassured residents that Amer call centre staff can speak in multiple languages so as to serve all customers.

He said all frontline officers at exit and entry points have been tested and proven to be free of Covid-19.

The GDRFA director stressed that the procedures in place at the airport have helped prevent the spread of the virus. The procedures included avoiding passengers queuing up and issuance of visas online.

mary@khaleejtimes.com 

Marie Nammour

Originally from Lebanon, Marie has been covering the Dubai Courts and the Public Prosecution, immigration and labour issues often, and the Dubai International Film Festival. A graduate from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Jounieh, a city to the north of Beirut, she worked as an in-house reporter of international affairs at a leading TV station back home and a legal translator for a renowned law academy in the Lebanese capital. Speaks fluently four languages and is fond of travelling, psychology, learning more, and has grown by now a rich ‘criminal’ imagination...


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