The initiative aims to enable residents who work in the private sector and wish to return to their home countries to do so during the period of precautionary measures undertaken in the UAE to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19.
'The UAE has decided to renew, from today and for a renewable period of two weeks, the suspension of entry of all foreign nationals holding valid UAE residence visa, in a bid to contain the spread the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure their safety.
The authority indicated that multi-entry tourist visa is available to all nationalities, and the validity period extends to five years. The holder of the visa can stay in the country for 90 days each time, which can be extended to a similar period.
The UAE government said on its Twitter account, “UAE announces Green Visa, a new residency system that separates the residence permit from the work permit, and targets the higher skill levels, investors, entrepreneurs, early students and graduates, and includes a set of new privileges different from the regular residence.”