Filipinos and expats who hold valid resident visas can now return to the UAE without the need for any entry permits that were issued by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA).
The UAE’s National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) announced the new measure as part of the second phase of the ‘Residents Return Programme’ in time for the resumption of social and commercial activities with the conclusion of the summer holidays across educational and other learning institutions.
تنفيذاً لتوجيهات القيادة الرشيدة، اعتمدت الهيئة الوطنية لإدارة #الطوارئ_والأزمات والهيئة الاتحادية للهوية والجنسية المرحلة الثانية من عودة المقيمين اعتباراً من 12/8/2020 بالتزامن مع قرب إنتهاء الإجازة الصيفية للمؤسسات التعليمية وعودة الأنشطة التجارية والمرافق الاجتماعية والخدمية.
— NCEMA UAE (@NCEMAUAE) August 12, 2020
Process and requirements
ICA advises residents who intend to travel back to the country to upload their details including passport, ID number, and nationality at: https://uaeentry.ica.gov.ae so authorities in the UAE can verify their travel documents. Authorities state that this step is optional and is intended for those who previously submitted documents and/or have already been granted permits prior to the announcement.
All residents are also expected to bring with them a valid negative PCR COVID-19 test result valid within 96 hours ahead of their departure. Here’s the official list from the Philippines as of August 12: Health Facilities and Services Regulatory Bureau list of accredited COVID-19 testing centers
Airline officials bringing passengers to the UAE are expected to ensure mandatory checks for each passenger’s COVID-19 test.
In addition, upon landing here in the UAE, passengers from select countries including the Philippines, will be subject to a COVID-19 swab test and mandatory quarantine as per approved protocols.
They are also expected to download the Al Hosn App to help monitor their COVID-19 results for the safety of their fellow UAE residents.