UAE residents, who have been staying outside the country for more than six months can return till March 31.
Dubai’s budget carrier flydubai said in its update, “If you hold a UAE resident visa and have stayed outside of the country for more than 180 days, you will be allowed to enter the UAE until 31 March 2021.”
“If you hold a valid Dubai-issued residence visa, make sure you can obtain approval from Dubai’s General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) to return to Dubai before booking your flight. Without approval to return to Dubai, you will not be accepted for travel,” flydubai stated on its website.
“If you hold a valid residence visa issued by any other emirate, you will need to confirm your entry/re-entry to the UAE [ through the portal for UAE entry under the ICA] before booking your flight. If you do not confirm your entry/re-entry to the UAE, you will not be accepted for travel,”
All residents need is a valid resident visa and approval from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs – Dubai (GDRFA).
Air India Express (AIE) posted on its official Twitter account, “Passengers, who have stayed outside Dubai for more than 180 days, can return within March 31, 2021.”
It added, “They should have a valid resident visa and approval from GDRFA.”
The latest announcement is likely to be a big relief for several UAE residents who are stuck in their home countries for several months.
“This has been a concern of several people who were stuck back home after the December 31 deadline got over. We are glad the authorities have extended the deadline,” an airline official said.