The UAE government confirmed that all residency visas and Emirates IDs of expatriates overseas and in-country will be valid until the end of the year as travel and movement restrictions implemented to curb the spread of the coronavirus may be extended globally.
“We affirm in the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship our absolute commitment to all segments of society, including citizens, residents, and visitors, and our willingness to receive their inquiries through the communication channels announced on the official website of the authority,” said Brigadier General Khamis Al Kaabi, spokesperson for the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship in a virtual conference.
Brigadier General Al Kaabi explained that residents whose visas expired in early March 2020 will receive an extension of their visas until end of December 2020. This measure applies to both residents inside and outside the UAE. #UAEGov— UAEGov (@uaegov) April 13, 2020
Moreover, tourists in the UAE who have remained in the country due to travel restrictions imposed by the government to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in March 2020, will also have their visit visas extended until the end of December 2020.
The UAE government’s decision to extend the visas acts as a relief for all residents and tourists stranded amid the precautionary measures implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 1.9 million people are infected with the novel coronavirus worldwide, of which 4,521 cases have been recorded in the UAE.
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