Passengers in Dubai must fill out this online form for Dubai’s immigration service. If successful, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) will give you a reference number. You’ll then need this to book a flight with an airline.
It’s the same system that’s in use for Dubai residents stuck abroad and looking to get back to the UAE. And the process ensures that you’re able to return to the country as well as properly leave.
Emirates clarify situation
“All Dubai residents must do this, whether you are returning after the travel restrictions or you want to fly out of Dubai and return,” said Emirates.
“If your application is approved, you will receive an email with a GDRFA reference number. If the application can’t be processed, you can try again later.
“Once you have your approval, you can book your ticket and you will be asked to enter your GDRFA reference number.”