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According to the South African Department of Home Affairs, the UAE was added to the visa waiver list, with the possibility of UAE citizens travelling to South Africa to stay for a period up to 90 days effective as of Aug.15, 2019.
Commenting on the announcement, Ahmed Sari Al Mazrouei, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, MoFAIC, said that the visa waiver decision by the South African government reflects the strong ties between the two countries, and the prominent international status that the UAE has attained on the global scale, opening up further horizons for its citizens.
The UAE has postponed the implementation of a visa-exemption agreement with Israel after Israel required anyone entering from the Gulf state to be quarantined as a COVID-19 precaution.
Under the new guidelines, security clearance would not be required for those seeking a short-term medical visa or an individual work visa. Applicants applying for the 'visa in your inbox' category would be able to apply online and would receive authorisation on email.
Sheikh Hamdan said on Twitter, “We opened, "Salem Smart Centre" to check the medical fitness... The centre employs the techniques of the fourth industrial revolution, artificial intelligence, robotics and the Internet of Things to provide exceptional service…”
Only a couple of hundreds among US citizens in the UAE want to go back home as they may have personal commitments, especially during summer time, John Rakolta, the US Ambassador to the UAE, told WAM, in a telephone interview.
The financial crunch worsened after Washington froze about $10 billion of the country's reserves and deteriorated further after the World Bank and International Monetary Fund halted Afghanistan's access to funding.
They blamed the attack on the CODECO militia, which has killed hundreds of civilians in Congo's Ituri province and forced thousands to flee their homes in the last few years.
The four children, who were all under the age of 12, were declared dead at the scene in the small town of Lancaster, near Los Angeles. The children's grandmother, who was in her 50s, also died in the shooting on Sunday evening.