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Great news for 200,000 UAE residents stuck abroad as the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority is ramping up efforts to bring them home.

While some residents have been able to start returning to the UAE, tens of thousands have been stranded across the world after borders closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The first phase of the campaign to get UAE residents back home took place between March 25 and June 8. The UAE initially prioritised humanitarian cases and families and relatives that had been split up. The news comes as the UAE starts to prepare to reopen its borders to the world.

Phase 2

The UAE has now stepped up efforts to bring all people with valid UAE residency visas back to the UAE. Which is great news for so many people, friends and families.

“50 per cent of the focus in the current phase will be on reuniting families which confirms the humanitarian message of the UAE and its concern of families residing in the country. And will also facilitate the return of people working in vital professions to ensure the enhancement of the community’s quality of life,” said Khalid Belhoul, undersecretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

All those looking to return need to be residency holders and apply for approval via the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship website here.

Once applicants have their approval, they can start booking flight tickets. All travellers will need a Covid-19 test on arrival and then quarantine for 14 days.

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