Expats returning to the UAE have been advised to get a “green” message from the Federal Authority of Identity and Citizenship (ICA) before returning to the emirates to avoid travel disruptions.

UAE residence visa holders returning to Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and other emirates except Dubai no longer need to get prior ICA approval, however, the ICA advised travelers to update their record and check the validity of their travel documents through the website

Expats returning to Dubai still need to get pre-travel approval from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA). 

here is an easy-to-use website that lets travellers instantly verify if they fullfill the requirements to travel back to the country.

  • : Visit this link – 
  •  Enter Emirates ID number
  • Enter Passport Number *
  • Select Passport Type * ( eg- 1 ordinary passport ) 
  • Select Current Nationality * ( eg- 205 India ) 
  • click on i am not a robot  captcha check box and click on search.  

The page will now display  – “You fullfill the requirements to enter the country, and you can proceed with the completion of your travel procedures. Wishing you continued health and wellness.” 

If you receive a similar message, you can proceed to book your air ticket. The ICA has advised residents to use the platform to verify the authenticity of their travel documents before booking a ticket. 

However, a red message is an indication that the planned travel to the UAE may be problematic. 

“We will consider the possibility of rescheduling your travel date after 60 days to preserve your safety. We thank, and appreciate your understanding,” according to the message. 


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