As per an October 5 announcement on Twitter [@NCEMAUAE] by the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority [NCEMA], the UAE’s Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship [ICA] – in coordination with the NCEMA – has resumed the granting of entry permits for domestic workers.
The grant of employment permits for government as well as semi-governmental entities along with vital facilities in the UAE has also been resumed.
The latest directive is to be applicable to all nationalities, without any exceptions.
Regardless of their nationality, domestic workers with valid visas will be allowed to enter the UAE. Similarly, workers that hold valid visas from government and semi-government sectors or from vital establishments in the UAE will be granted entry.
The ICA further elaborated that the entry into the UAE of such categories of employees would be allowed, provided their employers submit applications through the official website.
The importance of following pre-entry examination measures have also been highlighted for facilitating the entry of workers into the country. A negative COVID-19 test result would be required before the individual can be granted entry into the UAE.
Moreover, the employers will be required to ensure that those arriving in the UAE in order to work for them enter a 14-day quarantine period, in coordination with the relevant authorities, upon arrival.
Since March 19, 2020, the UAE had halted the issuance of types of work permits in view of the outbreak of the coronavirus.
While gradually the issuance of entry permits were resumed, the UAE had not been issuing work permits for workers that were abroad. The UAE authorities, however, were issuing as well as renewing work permits for those already in the UAE.
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