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All stranded expats outside UAE for over 6 months can return with no issues


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A top official of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) clarified that all expats outside the country and currently stranded are allowed to return to UAE. 

Maj. General Mohammad Al Merri, Director-General of the GDRFA, said those expats with valid residence visa and are stranded abroad for over six months can return to the country without any issue. 

He confirmed that these expats with valid residence visa are allowed to return to Dubai through any UAE airport, providing that they follow the set procedures, including receiving a return permit from GDRFA-Dubai and obtain a negative PCR test result. 

Al Merri advised those residents with expired residency visas to renew their visas before exiting the country if they wish to return to the UAE. 

“To all those who have accumulated fines, please do not assume you cannot exit the country. We at Dubai Airports and DGRFA will handle each humanitarian case individually and facilitate their travel,” he added. 

Those returning residents facing issues in getting permission on the GDRFA portal are advised to speak with their employer to reach out to the GDRFA for the travel permission. 

“If the head of the family including father or mother gets approval, children are not required to get travel approvals and the whole family can return to the UAE with one approval if they are traveling together,” he clarified. 

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