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ICA approval not needed: Step by step guide to return to UAE

Staff Reporter

Published on August 13, 2020 at 00.01

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The UAE's announcement of residents stranded in their home or foreign countries not having to get a pre-travel approval from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) has come as a relief for many.
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While previously, they had to apply for the approval and wait for it to book their tickets, this new announcement means the procedure to return has slightly changed.

Read: ICA approval not needed: How UAE residents can now return

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Here is a step-by-step guide for residents to return to the UAE as spelt out by the ICA on Wednesday.

Read: ICA approval no longer needed for residents to return to UAE
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> Update your data on This includes your nationality, Emirates ID number and passport number to obtain instant verification of your UAE entry status. This step will help verify the authenticity of your travel documents.
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> Take a Covid-19 test:
Travellers are required to take a Covid-19 PCR test at a UAE- or locally-accredited lab. The test should have been taken within 96 hours of travel.
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> Book a return ticket
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> Present the Covid-19 negative certificate to your airline
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> Take a lab Covid test on arrival
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> Download contact tracing app Al Hosn
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> Abide by quarantine rules
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