Today, Wednesday, the United Arab Emirates lifted the restrictions that required foreign residents abroad to obtain approval before returning to its lands.
In March, the UAE suspended entry of non-citizens as part of measures to limit the spread of the Corona virus.
Since then, it has allowed residents to gradually return, either by granting them special exemptions or through the online registration system even though many of them are still abroad.
The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority said today, Wednesday, that registration is no longer required.
However, it advised the returnees to submit their passport number and other details on a government website before traveling.
It was not clear whether the changes would apply to Dubai, which operates with its own entry permit while the rest of the Emirates use a federal registration system.
Residents abroad said they faced difficulties obtaining approval to return and their requests were rejected several times.
Dubai, the country’s commercial hub, allowed entry to foreign visitors in July, while Abu Dhabi, the largest and richest emirate in the country, restricted entry and required that the COVID-19 test results for those wishing to travel to be negative