ICA clarifies: No special 'NOC' for Indians returning to UAE

anjana@khaleejtimes.com Filed on July 1, 2020 | Last updated on July 1, 2020 at 06.37 am
ICA clarifies, No special NOC, Indians, returning, UAE

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Humanitarian cases will continue to get precedence.

UAE residents currently in India need to obtain travel approvals from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) and there is no other special NOC required, a top government official has clarified. Humanitarian cases will continue to get precedence, the official said.

"Those who wish to return must apply through our website and secure approvals. The approval they receive is the NOC to travel to the UAE. There is no special No Objection Certificate for traveling back to the emirates," Brigadier Khamis Al Kaabi, Spokesperson for the ICA, told Khaleej Times.

"Applicants can mention the reasons for their return and a special committee will go through all applications and give preference to humanitarian cases," said the official.

Al Kaabi's comments clarify that the NOC referred to by the UAE Embassy in New Delhi in a now-deleted tweet, is in fact the ICA permit that has been a requirement for all passengers.

The embassy took to Twitter on Tuesday evening to affirm its commitment to the decisions of the Indian authorities regarding the continued closure of airports in India, and implementation of some restrictions that do not allow foreign airlines to carry passengers.

"We express our thank for your cooperation and your understanding of the current global situation, and in case there is any developments in this regard, we will publish it on the official platforms of embassy (sic!)," the Embassy tweeted.

Scores of Indian expats with valid UAE residence visas have been unable to return as their government continues a freeze on commercial air travel as a precautionary measure against the spread of the coronavirus. Many residents who spoke with Khaleej Times earlier said they have obtained the permits but are stranded in India due to the restrictions on commercial flight operations to the UAE.

Residents who are outside the UAE and are facing difficulties in following up their request to return can visit the ICA website (smartservices.ica.gov.ae) or contact the call centre on +971600522222, +97123128867 or +97123128865, the UAE Embassy in New Delhi tweeted.

An earlier version of this story was based on a now-deleted tweet by the UAE Embassy in New Delhi. The tweet had said the UAE would issue a no-objection letter for stranded residents in India to travel in some humanitarian cases.



Anjana Sankar

Anjana Sankar is a UAE-based journalist chasing global stories of conflict, migration and human rights. She has reported from the frontlines of the wars in Yemen and Syria and has extensively written on the refugee crisis in Bangladesh, Iraq and Europe. From interviewing Daesh militants to embedding with the UAE army in Yemen, and covering earthquakes, floods, terrorist attacks and elections, she has come out scathe-free from the most dangerous conflict zones of the world. Riding on over 14 years of experience, Anjana currently is an Assistant Editor with Khaleej Times and leads the reporting team. She often speaks about women empowerment on her Facebook page that has 40,000 plus followers.

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