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ICA approval not needed: How UAE residents can now return

Staff Report/Dubai
Filed on August 12, 2020
ICA approval, PCR test, covid test, entry permit, UAE residents

(Phoro: @DXB/Twitter)

Starting today, expatriate residents stranded abroad will no longer need entry permits issued by the ICA to enter the UAE.

Returning UAE residents are being advised to update their personal details on the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) website in order to facilitate smooth travel back into the country.

The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) on Wednesday asked returning residents to visit uaeentry.ica.gov.ae and input their details - such as Emirates ID number, passport number, passport type and nationality - in order to verify the validity of their data and travel documents.

However, it also noted that the procedure for updating travellers' data is optional - and for those who wish to ensure that it is connected to the approval permit that was previously granted.

As reported by Khaleej Times, starting today (August 12), expatriate residents stranded abroad will no longer need entry permits issued by the ICA to enter the UAE.

The welcome announcement heralds the second phase of the 'Residents Return Programme', through which residents will no longer require an entry permit. Instead, they will automatically be granted pre-approval without the need to submit an application.

Returning UAE residents are being advised to update their personal details on the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) website in order to facilitate smooth travel back into the country.

The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) on Wednesday asked returning residents to visit uaeentry.ica.gov.ae and input their details - such as Emirates ID number, passport number, passport type and nationality - in order to verify the validity of their data and travel documents.

However, it also noted that the procedure for updating travellers' data is optional - and for those who wish to ensure that it is connected to the approval permit that was previously granted.

As reported by Khaleej Times, starting today (August 12), expatriate residents stranded abroad will no longer need entry permits issued by the ICA to enter the UAE.

The welcome announcement heralds the second phase of the 'Residents Return Programme', through which residents will no longer require an entry permit. Instead, they will automatically be granted pre-approval without the need to submit an application.

Returning residents will still need to submit a negative Covid-19 test certificate from accredited facilities that is no more than 96 hours old to air carriers in order to travel.

All precautionary and preventive measures will also need to be followed, including adherence to approved quarantine periods as well as downloading the Al Hosn app to ensure public safety.

Returning residents will still need to submit a negative Covid-19 test certificate from accredited facilities that is no more than 96 hours old to air carriers in order to travel.

All precautionary and preventive measures will also need to be followed, including adherence to approved quarantine periods as well as downloading the Al Hosn app to ensure public safety.


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