How to Get Approval for Residents Returning UAE ?

UAE residents flying to Dubai from the following countries must first check they are eligible to travel to UAE:

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • India
  • Iran
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Sri Lanka

How to Get Approval for Residents Returning to UAE from India and other Countries ?

Those who wish to return to UAE must apply for a resident’s entry permit first. They also have to comply with the guidelines declared by the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority and Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship.

All Permit Application Links  for GDRFA Approval, ICA Approval are given below
The Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai has clarified that the conditions for residents returning to Dubai include the following:
  1. Residents are required to apply for an entry permit through the General Directorate of permit Residency and Foreigners Affairs – Dubai website.
  2. Certificate must be presented proving they have tested negative in a valid PCR test before boarding the plane and on arrival at the airport.
  3. All returning residents must download the COVID-19 DXB Smart App
  4. The mandatory 14 day quarantine is not required for residents that have presented a negative test result certificate – at the airport.

Check below links for More Updated Information from UAE Government Portal

Expatriate residents returning to the UAE

Traveling to UAE amid Covid-19

To Get GDRFA Approval

This is for GDRFA Return Permit for Resident outside UAE – Dubai.

Enter your Visa File Number. You can find your Visa file number on your visa page inside your passport. (If you enter Emirates ID number instead of visa file number in Residence Number field,  “Profile Not Found” message will appear)

Upload Documents – Emirates ID, Visa and Passport

Click Here for GDRFAD Return Permit Official Page Link

To Get ICA Approval

This service allows residents with valid resident visas to confirm entry / re-entry to the UAE.

Click Here for ICA Approval Official Page Link

Take a COVID‑19 PCR test from Approved laboratory

Travelers are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test at an accredited lab.
The test result must be negative for no more than 96 hours before departure.

Click Here for List of UAE Govt. Approved Laboratories

Note :- Test not mandatory for Children below Age 12

Download and register in COVID19-DXB Smart App

Android App (Play Store)
IOS App (App Store)


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