Any resident or retired person from outside the country over the age of 55 can apply for a retirement visa via www.retireindubai.com, according to a set of criteria and special requirements for obtaining a retirement visa that is renewable every five years.
The ICA explained that the website "smartservices.ica.gov.ae" which has been allocated for issuing resident entry permits witnessed great pressure immediately after the announcement of the initiative from those who were willing to return to 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.
Major General Saeed Rakan said that decision includes residency violators, entry permit and visa violators under which fugitives from their sponsors and work contract violators are included where the violation may have occurred before March 1, 2020.
The UAE in its latest effort to ease the trouble of residents during this time of pandemic has announced that no fine will be charged from anyone whose documents expired in early March.
Sheikh Mohammed expressed his appreciation for the efforts of medical, nursing and administrative staff across the UAE, which have been key to containing the spread of COVID-19 and providing the highest level of healthcare to patients.
All government departments have been directed to facilitate the measures for all UAE tourists and visitors in consideration of the ongoing global circumstances, and to cooperate with all authorities concerned to ensure the comfort and safety of all UAE's visitors.
The interior ministry announced the decision has been taken in view of the outbreak of coronavirus and as part of the government’s measures to mitigate the spread of the deadly virus through "any interaction with the public at large.”
This included 9,852,218 visa transactions and 4,499,712 residency transactions, 40,642 electronic passport transactions, and 37,267 legal consultations, among others.
The Federal Authority for Identity and Nationality, Customs and Ports Security (ICP), announced that UAE residents can apply for a visit visa for a relative or friend from abroad through the UAEICP smart application.