By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Visas and entry permits will remain valid until the end of December, according to a senior government official
All visas, entry permits and Emirates ID cards will remain valid until the end of the year amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, authorities have announced.
In a virtual briefing for local media, Colonel Khamis Al Kaabi, the spokesperson of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship noted that all visas and entry permits that expired on March 1 will remain value until the end of December.
“Likewise, Emirates ID cards that happened to expire on March 1 shall remain valid until the end of December 2020,” he added.
Al Kaabi added that the UAE is “working to coordinate” requests from residents and visitors stranded in the UAE who wish to return to their home country.
“We also confirm our willingness to receive and attend to all inquiries through the communication channels announced on the official website of the authority,” he added.
On Monday, the Federation of the UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) said it is reconsidering its relationship with countries that have not responded to repatriation requests from citizens employed in the UAE private sector.
“They must be more cooperative to maintain the best interest of all parties in the future,” said FCCI chairman Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi.
The UAE’s state-run WAM news agency said the FCCI and UAE Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) have a number of options, including restructuring their agreements and levels of cooperation with countries who refuse to receive their citizens.