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PAL: Returning OFWs with Dubai residence visa not required to get GDRFA approval


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All returning passengers to Dubai who hold residence visas issued in Dubai are not required to present an approval secured at the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs’ (GDRFA) website upon entry to the emirate.

In a press release shared by a travel agency with The Global Filipino Magazine, Philippine Airlines (PAL) gave an update on the GDRFA requirement for passengers originating from the Philippines. 

It added that Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) approval is still required for Abu Dhabi and other Emirates by presenting the eligibility or green banner on their smartphones. To secure an ICA approval, click this link

Only arriving passengers to Dubai from the below listed countries are to obtain GDRA permit approval: 

1. The People’s Republic of Bangladesh 

2. The Democratic Republic of the Congo

3. The Republic of India

4. The Republic of Liberia

5. The Republic of Namibia 

6. The Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal

7. Federal Republic of Nigeria

8. The Islamic Republic of Pakistan

9. The Republic of Sierra Leone

10. The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

11. Republic of South Africa

12. The Republic of Uganda

13. Socialist Republic of VIetnam

14. The Republic of Vietnam

15. Republic of Indonesia. 

The return permit approval can be accessed here

“Dubai issued visas passengers arriving from the above-listed countries need to apply for a resident return permit and attach the proof of receiving two doses of the vaccine in the UAE in the application, with the exception of some cases that received two doses of the vaccine in their country, given that they had completed a period of 10 days and more after receiving the second dose of the vaccination,” PAL wrote. 

The Global Filipino Magazine is the only Filipino magazine in the UAE that prints on a monthly basis. Its goal is to champion the success of every global Filipino across the globe.

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