By Staff writer
Around 31,000 people have returned to the UAE since March 25
The UAE has launched an initiative to welcome back 200,000 residents to the country.
The UAE closed its borders at the end of March in a bid to limit the spread of the deadly Covid-19 virus, leaving hundreds of thousands of valid residency visa holders stranded in all corners of the globe.
According to the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, around 31,000 people, who were considered priority cases based on family matters and humanitarian grounds, have already returned to the UAE between March 25 and June 8.
However, this is now being ramped up considerably.
The #UAE has launched an initiative to return residents with valid visas who have been staying outside the country due to #Covid19. The initiative targets the return of nearly 200,000 people and will be coordinated between the @MOFAICUAE and the @icauae. pic.twitter.com/fPzpeuJPHl— NCEMA UAE (@NCEMAUAE) June 11, 2020
Khalid Belhoul, undersecretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, said: “50 percent of the focus in the current phase will be on reuniting families which confirms the humanitarian message of the UAE and its concern of families residing in the country, and will also facilitate the return of people working in vital professions to ensure the enhancement of the community’s quality of life.”
Individuals looking to return to the country are required to register with the ‘Resident Entry Permit’ service on the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship website – requests will be answered within 48 hours.
Once approval is granted, return tickets can be booked with airlines operating flights to the UAE.
On arrival in the UAE, travellers will have to undergo a 14-day period of quarantine, with any costs to be incurred by themselves.
Travellers must also register with one of the dedicated health apps, which can track their status.