return of residents to UAE
return of residents to UAE

Applicants can state the reasons for their return and a special committee will consider all requests and give preference to humanitarian cases.

A senior government official explained that residents of the UAE who are currently in India need to obtain travel clearances from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship and no other special NOC is required.

The official said that humanitarian cases would continue to take precedence.

"The applicants can state the reasons for their return and a special committee will review all requests and give preference to humanitarian cases," the official said.

Al-Ka’bi’s comments make clear that the NOC that the UAE embassy in New Delhi referred to in a previous tweet, is in fact the ICA permit that was required of all passengers.

"Please note that the United Arab Emirates will not issue any travel objection letter in some humanitarian cases that only meets all conditions and requirements," read a tweet published this Tuesday morning by the UAE embassy in New Delhi Tuesday morning.

And she said in a tweet:

“The United Arab Emirates would like to draw the attention of holders of Emirati residence permits currently in India to the necessity of obtaining the necessary approval from bICAUAE while ensuring that all conditions set by the UAE competent authorities are observed.”

The embassy also confirmed its commitment to the decisions of the Indian authorities regarding the continued closure of airports in India, and the implementation of some restrictions that do not allow foreign airlines to transport passengers.

The embassy said on Twitter: "We express our thanks for your cooperation and understanding of the current global situation, and in case of any developments in this regard, we will publish it on the official platforms of the embassy."

Dozens of Indian expatriates with valid residence visas in the Emirates have not been able to return, as their government continues to freeze commercial air travel as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus.

Several residents who spoke to Khaleej Times earlier said they had obtained permits but were still in India due to restrictions on commercial aviation operations to the Emirates.

Residents outside the United Arab Emirates who have difficulties in following up their request to return can visit (smartservices.ica.gov.ae) or call the call center on +971600522222, +97123128867 or +97123128865.