The UAE Cabinet has approved a package of new decisions in line with the precautionary measures taken by the government against repercussions of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) on various sectors in the country.
The decisions aim to ease the current circumstances for the citizens, residents and visitors, to preserve health and safety, and to ensure the workflow and continuity of government work in various sectors.
The Cabinet approved extending of residence visas that ended from the first of March, 2020, or within the period specified by this decision, for three months subject to renewal, and without any additional charges at renewal, in addition to exemption of any fines incurred by the current conditions.
The Cabinet also directed to stop the administrative fines for violations resulting from the services provided by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship approved by the Cabinet, for a period of three months, starting from the April 1, 2020, and to be renewable.
The Cabinet further approved a decision that allows a temporary licence for a project to use digital transaction technologies for notary, in order to make it easy for citizens and residents to complete their judicial transactions under the current conditions, and to preserve safety of the judicial authorities’ visitors.
In addition, it has been approved to extend the validity of government services ending on March 1, 2020, or within the time limit specified in this decision for a period of three months, which can be extended. This will take effect from April 1, 2020, as this decision applies to renewal for all federal government services, including documents, permits, licences, commercial records and the likes.
Cabinet commends the work of health authorities and the National Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, to ensure the health and wellbeing of all UAE citizens, residents, and visitors to the country.
The UAE has suspended, effective March 17, all visas to all foreigners, with the exception of diplomatic passport holders.
Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza), has announced its offering facilities to obtain long term visas for its customers in a bid to attract and retain high calibre talent within the UAE.
Expatriates living in the UAE were elated as their family members, colleagues, friends stuck in other countries are now able to return as the UAE has lifted restriction on incoming flights from Monday onwards.
The Committee explained that the new guidelines take into account the exceptional situations of some categories of people including people of determination, children, and those with chronic respiratory conditions.
The UAE will today (Monday) start receiving residents with valid residence visas, who were stranded abroad due to coronavirus pandemic from various countries.