The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) has advised returning residents to the UAE to wait for its official announcement as regards supposed “removal” of the ICA permit.
This came following a surge in the number of inquiries from expats stuck abroad after reports saying that the permit will be cancelled for passengers arriving at Abu Dhabi airport.
“Kindly [be] advise[d] that the ICA approval is still required. We will update you [through our website or official pages on Facebook and Twitter if the permit is no longer] needed,” ICA said.
In a Facebook group, named UAE Expats Stuck Abroad, residents messaging the authority get the same response.
A certain Ahmed M said, “Spoke to ICA. No confirmation about the ‘NO ICA’ news.” His post was accompanied by a screenshot of the FAIC response to his inquiry.
According to local reports, the new travel rules might be announced on August 11, 2020. However, until then, those wanting to fly to the UAE should hold off their expectations and only wait for “official communication from ICA,” the Facebook group admin advised its members.
“Until then, remain cautiously optimistic,” she said amidst the reports that could come as a big relief to thousands patiently trying to secure approval despite being repeatedly rejected.
Meanwhile, ICA on Monday issued a decision to extend the deadline for holders of expired entry permits and visas from August 11 for a period of one month, in order to give them ample time to leave the country without any fines.
The authority’s decision is part of the national initiatives launched by the UAE and is in implementation of the UAE Cabinet’s related decisions and regulations of entry and residency of foreigners.
ICA urged those eligible to leave the country within the set deadline.