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UAE visitors will be allowed to stay amid coronavirus shutdown

Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship to grant permission to stay in the country

UAE visitors will be allowed to stay amid coronavirus shutdown

A specific mechanism for that will be announced in the few coming days.

Visitors to the UAE caught up in the current coronavirus restrictions will be allowed to stay in the country for the foreseeable future.

The United Arab Emirates announced on Monday it will temporarily suspend all passenger and transit flights amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The Emirati authorities “decided to suspend all inbound and outbound passenger flights and the transit of airline passengers in the UAE for two weeks as part of the precautionary measures taken to curb the spread of the Covid-19", reported the official state news agency, WAM.

While carriers across the world have followed suit and countries closed borders, leaving many stranded in the country and far from home.

However, the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) has cushioned the blow by granting them permission to stay legitimately in the country, with specific instructions set to be announced in the coming days.

A statement from the authority said: “The ICA is keen to deal with various developments arising from the measures taken at both regional and international levels to contain the spread of coronavirus, Covid-19, in a way that will ensure necessary care to all residents of the UAE.”

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