UAE Suspends All Visa issuance including Tourist Visa issuance due to COVID-19
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been declared as pandemic by WHO on 11th March, 2020. Following which UAE has taken precautionary measures.
UAE Government authority, Federal Authority for Identity And Citizenship (ICA) has announced that effective March 17, 2020 all visa issuance including tourist visa to all countries are suspended until further notice with the exception of diplomatic passport holders and Visa-On-Arrivals.
This will not effect on already issued UAE visas. Those who have approved UAE visas prior to March 17, 2020 can still be able to enter the country.
This is a part of precautionary measures taken by the UAE in response to the WHO declaration of COVID-19 as pandemic at the media briefing on 11th March 2020.
The ICA noted that the additional precautionary decision will be valid until a mechanism for medical examination has been established in the countries of departure as part of other global measures taken for the common good of all nations of the world to curb the proliferation of the novel virus.
“The ICA affirms that the decision stems from the UAE’s deep sense of responsibility and diligent efforts in collaboration with other countries of the world to fight the Coronavirus pandemic and survive this ongoing crisis,” the statement concluded.
For further information, please contact The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners on 8005111 if you are with UAE or +97143139999 if you are outside of UAE.
Accepted Visa-On-Arrival Countries as on 17th March 2020:
Please check this Source for current updated list: Dubai Airports Official Website
These passengers can continue to travel to and from the UAE although may be subject to additional screening.
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