By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Authorities hope to bring 200,000 UAE residents back to the country in the coming weeks as the UAE slowly returns to normality
Residents hoping to return home to the UAE are required to provide information on their voyage as well as on their reason from being away from the UAE when restrictions were imposed, according to the website of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship.
Using the ICA website, residents stranded abroad can apply for permission to travel on inbound flights to the UAE. At the moment, only residents – not visitors – with ICA permission are allowed to return to the country.
To apply for ICA permission, residents must provide UAE identity number, their name, passport number, date of birth and contact details, as well as the reason they were outside of the country.
Additionally, applicants are required to provide their arrival date and time, their country of origin, and the port and emirate in which they plan to re-enter the country.
After documents are uploaded and reviewed, applications are submitted. Authorities have said that requests will be processed in a 48 hour period.
Once approval is granted, return tickets can be booked with airlines operating flights to the UAE.
On arrival in the UAE, travelers must quarantine for a 14-day period, either at a hotel – at their own expense – or at a private residence, provided they have access to a separate room with a private bathroom.
Travellers must also register with one of the dedicated health apps, which can track their status.
Last week, authorities said they plan to bring back as many as 200,000 UAE residents currently abroad. Between March 25 and June 8, 31,000 people who were considered priority cases were brought back.