UAE Residents Stuck Outside Can Now Return By This Date

  • Publish date: Wednesday، 06 January 2021 Last update: Thursday، 25 February 2021
UAE Residents Stuck Outside Can Now Return By This Date

Flydubai announced that UAE residents who have been outside the country for more than six months will be allowed to return before March 31, 2021.

“If you hold a UAE resident visa and have stayed outside of the country for more than 180 days, you will be allowed to enter the UAE until March 31, 2021,” flydubai said on its website. “Without approval to return to Dubai, you will not be accepted for travel.”

The previous deadline to return was December 31, 2020.


A post shared by flydubai (@flydubai)

Prior to COVID-19, residency visas would automatically expire if the holder has been abroad for more than 180 days. But an exception was made last year due to countries closing their boarders to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Residents returning to Dubai require approval from the emirate’s General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs before they book their flights after completing a form on the ICA website before booking their flight.

Image Source: Instagram