The UAE Cabinet has now cancelled its previous decision on the validity of visas and entry permits until end of December this year for those residing within the country.
This move forms part of a series of amendments that have been approved on Friday.
The Cabinet has approved the decision to amend several resolutions related to the identity and citizenship sector and regarding resuming work with the procedures and decisions that were adopted when the COVID-19 pandemic began to spread early this year.
The decision came in after the current situation was studied to ensure there have been no negative effects on various sectors.
The Cabinet approved cancellation of the decision pertaining to the validity of expat residency visas for those within or outside the country and of their visas expired between 1st March and 31st March 2020.
The decision on the validity of visas and entry permits for those within the country from 1st March 2020 till the end of December 2020 also stands cancelled.
The decision on identity cards that expired on 1st March 2020 which was considered as valid until end of December 2020 will also be cancelled.
The new resolution will be effective from 11th July 2020. The Council instructed the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship to begin collecting the fee due for providing services from 12th July 2020.
The Cabinet also cancelled its decision to stop activation of administrative fines for violations as mentioned in the Cabinet decision which organize the services provided by the Federal Authority. The decision directs the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship to begin collecting the due fees for its services effective 12th July 2020.
A period of three months has been granted to all UAE nationals, GCC nationals and residents in the UAE for renewal of their documents.
The GCC nationals, UAE nationals and residents are granted one-month time from their date of arrival in the country (those who spent less than 6 months out of country) for renewal of their documents.
Residents who are out of the country and whose residency has expired after 1st March 2020 or who have spent more than six months out of country can return to the country after the opening of the airspace between the two countries as per the time frame issued by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship.
It further endorsed that any administrative fee or fines should be collected after the deadline specified in this resolution and no fines for the exemption period will be collected. The administrative fee and financial fines will be reactivated on all services provided by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship effective 12th July 2020.
The services provided should be done through electronic systems as far as possible to facilitate and limit crowding of customers.
The service departments in the country can consider the renewed electronic identity card in the smart application of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship until the identity card is issued.
This measure is in line with the return of normalcy in various fields, return of international air traffic in a manner compared to national carriers in the country, and the announcement of repatriation flights
The government departments too prepared to receive clients when applying the best preventive measures and social distancing standards that enable all segments of the society in obtaining services safely.