UAE resumes issuing visas to domestic workers, entry permits for government employees

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The UAE has started re-issuing visas for domestic workers to enter the country and resumed issuing entry permits for employees of government and semi-government organizations and other vital sectors, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday.

“The resumption of this service is within the framework of strengthening the country's efforts towards supporting recovery plans, the economy as well as the tourism industry. It is also in coordination with the National Emergency and Crisis and Disasters Management Authority,” MOFA said in a statement.

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The country had suspended issuing all types of work permits in March as part of the government’s efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The ministry said applicants can submit their applications via the website of the Federal Authority For Identity and Citizenship. They should also present a negative coronavirus test upon arrival to the UAE.

Employers are required to ensure that their arriving employees enter a 14-day quarantine period.

The Authority “will continue to allow entry of domestic workers of all nationalities with valid residency permits as well as government, semi-government and vital sector employees, provided that their employers submit applications via the authority's website (ica.gov.ae).”

The UAE’s coronavirus tally stands at 100,794 confirmed cases, 90,556 recovered patients and 435 deaths as of Tuesday, according to the Ministry of Health.

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