As of July 1, UAE authorities have announced that leisure and tourism don’t fall into reason to travel from the UAE at the moment and issued a full list of approved reasons for travel.
In addition, the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) recently announced that residents and citizens will need to apply for permission to travel abroad.
At the moment, UAE residents and citizens are allowed to travel abroad for:
• medical reasons;
This category requires to provide a copy of ID card, residency and passport and supporting official documents – a copy of the medical committee’s approval for those who are traveling at the expense of the government; or an approved recommendation from a medical if traveling on personal expense.
Students will need to show a copy of ID card, residency and passport, and a letter of no objection to travel issued by the Ministry of Education.
• private sector business trips or business travel in commercial and economic sectors;
This category requires a copy of ID card, residency and passport, in addition, a letter from the employer proving work or training outside the country. Letter from Employer must prove the job assignment abroad, documents proving can contracts or invitations.
• diplomatic mission and official government business.
Provided your case fits in the permitted category, you’ll need to fill out the GDRFA approval form and follow the next steps – submit official documents, e.g. letter from your employer if traveling for business reasons; your passport, visa, Emirates ID. Every returning resident will have to undergo a PCR test and sign a health declaration form and quarantine undertaking form until a negative test result.
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