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New system announced to facilitate return of Dubai residents

23 June 2020

A new system is in place to facilitate the return of Dubai residents who are stranded abroad. The latest announcement made by the Dubai Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management said that the airports in the emirate would begin receiving residents from 22nd June.

For this, the residents should get an approval from the GDRFA (General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs) prior to booking flight tickets by visiting the below link: https://smart.gdrfad.gov.ae/Smart_OTCServicesPortal/ReturnPermitServiceForm.aspx.

Before this, the residents had to obtain approval from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship.

Dubai Return Residents

Once approved, the residents will receive an instant response. In case the application cannot be processed, they can try again later.

The tickets can be booked only after obtaining the approval, because when booking tickets, your GDRFA Application Number would be required. A copy of the approval email will be required during travel.

The Emirates airline has made it clear that every passenger flying to Dubai should fill in an ‘health declaration form’ and a ‘quarantine declaration form’ online. Both these forms should be printed, completed, and handed over to the Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival.

Here are the guidelines for residents returning to Dubai:

  • Pre-book your flights through official websites of airlines operating through Dubai airports.
  • Sign in a declaration agreeing to bear the costs of examination and treatment in case of contracting COVID-19.
  • All arrivals should register their details on the COVID-19 DXB app.
  • No PCR test is required prior to departure. The tests will be done at the Dubai airports.
  • Residents are required to stay at home until the PCR test results are out.
  • The 14-day quarantine rule is mandatory in case they test positive for COVID-19.
  • They need to abide by all the precautionary measures applied in Dubai to curb the spread of virus, including wearing of masks, maintaining social distancing, and washing hands regularly.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries.

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