Anyone holding an expired residency or visit visa in the UAE after March remains legal in the country until December 2020 as per an announcement by the Government.
UAE residency and visas valid until December 2020
With the novel Coronavirus reaching global pandemic levels, numerous countries are imposing restrictions on entries and exits with airports and seaports limiting operations in an attempt to combat the pandemic. A lot of residents and visitors have been stranded ever since, and the UAE Government is offering relief on visas by extending its validity until 2020. The regulation only applies to those whose visas expired after March, both inside and outside the country.
398 new Coronavirus cases in the UAE
The Ministry of Health and Prevention reports 398 new Coronavirus cases in the UAE, while three deaths were confirmed, taking the total to 25. On the brighter side, 172 patients have recovered from the pandemic, taking the tally to 852.
Special travel stamps for stranded passengers exiting the UAE
Meanwhile, stranded passengers exiting Dubai will be receiving special travel stamps by the Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) with a special message that reads “Have a Safe Flight, We’ll Meet Soon.” Major General Mohammed Al Marri, Director General of GDRFA says the stamp stands a symbol of hope for residents as they will “always be more than welcome in the UAE.”
(Featured photograph credit: Dubai Media Office)