03/01/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/28/2021 23:49
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Residents of the UAE looking to return to the country must first acquire the appropriate return permit based on their issued visa and destination. Between ICA approval and GDRFA approval and whether or not they're required based on your emirate of destination, things can get a tad confusing.
The following is the breakdown of the return permits for residents outside of UAE.
Returning to Abu Dhabi
International travellers permitted to travel to the UAE through Abu Dhabi are Emirati nationals, residents with a valid residence visa, and those who are eligible for a visa on arrival. All other types of visas remain suspended. If you are travelling to Abu Dhabi, you must follow these additional rules:
The rules apply to all travellers, except children under the age of 12.
Travellers no longer need ICA approvalto enter the UAE via Abu Dhabi, however, they are recommended to visit uaeentry.ica.gov.aeand submit their passport number and Emirates ID number to receive instant verification of their entry status.
Returning to Dubai
Both Emiratis and non-Emirati residents holding Dubai residence visas looking to return to Dubai must ensure that they would be able to satisfy all the necessary entry requirementsto Dubai, as well as any specific requirements their country of departure may have.
Please note that GDRFA approval is no longer needed. The same is true with ICA approval.However, travellers are recommended to visit uaeentry.ica.gov.aeand submit their passport number and Emirates ID number to receive instant verification of their entry status.
The following regulations apply
All passengers arriving into Dubai from any point of origin (GCC countries included) must hold a negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure.
Passengers arriving into Dubai from the below countries will be required to take another COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival at Dubai International airport.
Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Rwanda, Russia, Senegal, Slovakia, Somaliland, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Passengers transiting through Dubai from the above countries, are required to present a negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure, as well as to follow any requirements mandated by their final destination. Passengers transiting through Dubai from all other countries do not need a COVID‑19 PCR test unless required by their final destination.
Rules for travel from South Africa and Nigeria
You will not be able to enter Dubai if you have been in South Africa or Nigeria within 14 days of departure to Dubai. This includes transiting in other countries within 14 days before travelling to Dubai. This is not applicable for UAE nationals who are returning to UAE.
Children under the age of 12 and passengers who have a moderate or severe disability are exempt from this test. There may be specific test exemptions in your country of origin and final destination. Please check the requirements before you travel.
UAE nationals are exempt from doing the COVID‑19 PCR test prior to departing from the origin station to Dubai. They will be tested on arrival in Dubai.
Returning to Sharjah
Residents looking to return to Sharjah must comply with the following.