UAE suspends labour permits, entry of valid residence visa holders
The UAE has also suspended the entry of all its valid residence visa holders, who are currently out of the country
The UAE’s Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has suspended the issuance of all labour permits, including for drivers and domestic workers, effective 19 March, until further notice, in an attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19).
The decision to suspend labour permits exempts intra-corporate transfer and Expo 2020 Dubai permits.
The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has also issued a statement notifying Emirati nationals not to travel abroad, effective immediately, until further notice.
As part of precautionary measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the UAE has also suspended the entry of all its valid residence visa holders, who are currently out of the country, for a renewable period of two weeks effective noon on Thursday, 19 March.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has requested those holding valid UAE visas, and now staying out of the country, to pursue the following procedures:
Those who are now staying in their countries of origin have to contact the UAE diplomatic missions in their respective nations for all necessary support and to streamline their return back to the UAE.
Those who are currently outside the UAE for business considerations have to contact their UAE employers as well as Emirati diplomatic missions in their host countries for all necessary support to facilitate their return back to the UAE.
Those who are currently on vacation have to contact UAE diplomatic missions in their respective host countries for necessary support to facilitate their return back to the UAE.