Residents and citizens of UAE would now require a valid reason, along with a paid permit, to travel out of UAE.
The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) has specified seven reasons for which UAE citizens and residents can travel abroad.
Travelers can apply for a permit through an ‘exit registration service’ launched by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) on its website [link].
According to NCEMA, the categories under which a permit can be applied for are as follows:
> Medical treatment
> Diplomatic mission
> Official government business
> Private sector business travel
> Business travel for those in commercial and economic sectors
> UAE residents who wish to visit their home countries and return to the UAE.
The authority reiterated that travel for leisure or tourism would not be permitted in the current period. Only essential travel would be allowed as outlined above. However, applicants would be assessed on a case-by-case basis according to the risk levels and health status in other countries.
Dr. Al Dhaheri: UAE citizens and residents will have to register and apply via https://t.co/bJUSRCfOCs prior to traveling. We advise individuals who have chronic health diseases as well as the elderly above 70 years old not to travel. #UAEGov
— UAEGOV (@UAEmediaoffice) July 1, 2020
All applications must be supported with relevant documents such as Emirates ID copy, residency permit copy, valid passport copy, and proof of the reason for departure.
Residents would need a negative Covid-19 test result in order to travel.