UAE temporarily suspends visas as COVID-19 declared pandemic

Precautionary decisions will be valid until a mechanism of medical examinations is established in countries of departure

UAE temporarily suspends visas as COVID-19 declared pandemic [representative image]
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UAE temporarily suspends visas as COVID-19 declared pandemic [representative image]

Effective March 17, the UAE has temporarily suspended all visas to all foreigners, with the exception of diplomatic passport holders, as part of the nation’s attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19).

A statement released by the Federal Authority for Identity And Citizenship (ICA) said: “The move comes as part of the precautionary measures taken by the UAE in response to the World Health Organisation's declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic, a development which reflects the high risks now associated with travel under the current circumstances."

The decision does not apply to those who already have their visas issued prior to the aforementioned date, state-run news agency, Wam, reported.

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.

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